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Executive Director Report
I miss talking to and seeing all of you - but I know everyone has been doing their part in keeping your family safe and yourself safe.  It saddens me that Earth Day events - April 22, have had to be canceled, but remember – we can still participate at home with our families.  Now more than ever we need fresh air and exercise, have your gloves on and pick up litter – we should have the cleanest communities at this time. We should be looking forward to beautiful landscaping in Mississippi, for myself, I have enjoyed working in my yard, walking and enjoying nature.

A few things to do on Earth Day - take photos and share your plantings with everyone.  Many affiliates have been planting the Day Lily bulbs from Keep Mississippi Beautiful, Neeley and I can’t wait to see all of your sites.  

Keep Mississippi Beautiful appreciates the faithful work that all of our Affiliates do in their communities! 

Sarah
Great American Cleanup Update
Keep America Beautiful is recommending to postpone all Great American Cleanup events until further notice. The safety of our volunteers is our number one priority - we ask that you please follow the Keep America Beautiful guidelines and postpone your cleanup events.

About COVID-19:

COVID-19 is reported to live on surfaces for an extended period of time:

  • In aerosols for up to 3 hours (e.g. sneezing, coughing, etc.) 
  • Up to 4 hours on copper
  • Up to 24 hours on cardboard 
  • Up to 2-3 days on plastic and stainless steel 
  • Clothing - More details here

When shopping, make sure your bags are sterile. If using a reusable bag, spray it with a disinfectant before and after going to the store. 

After the postponement has been lifted from Keep America Beautiful, Keep Mississippi Beautiful will schedule Glad bag pickups for affiliates.

For non-affiliates, Keep Mississippi Beautiful will contact those communities who have submitted a GAC supply request form.
KMB 2020 Awards Luncheon Update
Our 2020 Annual Awards Luncheon has been postponed until September - as soon as we secure the date, we will send out the information to everyone!

Stay tuned!
Jackson Metro Area E-Waste Day - May 1
FRIDAY, MAY 1 from 8 AM to 2 PM

MISSISSIPPI FARMER'S MARKET
929 HIGH STREET, JACKSON


All businesses and individuals from the Jackson Metro area (Hinds, Madison, & Rankin County) are welcome to participate.

Acceptable Electronics: Computers, Desktop Copiers, Computer Components, Fax Machines, Radios, Televisions, Cell Phones, Desk Phones, VCR Players, DVD Players, Electronic Games, Monitors, Keyboards, Printers, Laptops, Scanners, and Stereos/Radios. Lithium Ion, Lead Acid, &
Ni-Metal Hydride batteries are also accepted
(please no alkaline)

All materials collected will be recycled!
$2 Fee for Flat Screen Computer Monitors (LCD/LED)
$5 Fee for CRT Computer Monitors
$15 Fee for all Televisions

No cost for other items!

FOR EVENT UPDATES & INFORMATION




EVENT HOSTED BY:

Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership
Mississippi Recycling Coalition
City of Jackson
Keep Mississippi Beautiful
Magnolia Data Solutions
Hattiesburg's "Don't Be a Litterburg Campaign"
The city of Hattiesburg recently launched a new litter prevention campaign: Don't be a Litterburg . They ask citizens to commit to being a better Hattiesburger by doing these three simple things:

1. If you see litter, pick it up.
2. Encourage your friends and family members to do the same.
3. Share how easy it is to recycle. 

This initiative also includes special events, educational programming and business outreach. 

To learn more visit  hattiesburgms.com/litterburg .
SWANA/MRC 2020 Conference Update
The 2020 Joint Solid Waste Management & Recycling Conference has been postponed to June 23-25, 2020 at the Island View Casino Resort in Gulfport, MS. This is subject to COVID-19 being on a decline and travel and social isolation restrictions being lifted within the state.

Registration is now open for attendees, exhibitors and sponsors at the CONFERENCE WEBPAGE.

For any questions about the conference, contact Jennifer Jackson at 662.934.7992 or jjackson@panolacoms.com.
KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL GRANTS AVAILABLE
Keep America Beautiful's Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund 
Rolling Deadline 
Keep America Beautiful's Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund benefits Keep America Beautiful Affiliates that serve communities directly affected by natural and environmental disasters. The fund provides immediate and long-term support for initial and ongoing cleanup efforts and helps rebuild vital public spaces: parks, greenways, community gateways, Main Street/downtown areas, open spaces and more. 
Future Dates:
June 23-25 SWANA/MRC Conference , Island View Casino, Gulfport, MS

To add an event to our "Future Dates" email neeley@keepmsbeautiful.com