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March Newsletter, 2019

Thank you to everyone that attended our Legislative Day – our legislators were definitely left seeing the positive impact that our Keep Mississippi Beautiful affiliates have in their communities.

Excitement is in the air with many of you planning your GAC events and working to enhance your communities. Good news, Glad bags should be arriving in Mississippi next week. Contact our office for pickup info.

Please join Neeley and myself as we show our support and volunteer on April 6 with Keep Magee Beautiful as they kickoff Mississippi’s Great American Cleanup at McNair Springs.

Continue your good work.

KMB Legislative Day
Keep Mississippi Beautiful's 2019 Legislative Day was a huge success!

Thank you to all of the affiliates who came to share your story with your legislators!

Congratulations to Kelly Griffin, Keep Harrison County Beautiful Affiliate Director for earning the 2020 Keep America Beautiful conference registration.
Mississippi's 2019 Great American Cleanup
State-Wide Kickoff
Volunteer in the Great American Cleanup
Interested in volunteering in the Great American Cleanup?

Find a Mississippi Affiliate near you or contact Keep Mississippi Beautiful to organize your own cleanup by requesting Glad Bags.
Keep America Beautiful's
Recycle Bowl Competition
During Keep America Beautiful's 30 day Recycle Bowl competition, there were participating 721 schools with 261,249 students who collected a total of 1,304,569 recyclables.

State Winner for Mississippi : Ridgeland High School
Affiliate Spotlight
Keep Desoto County Beautiful had all of the Desoto County Supervisors involved in their Great American Cleanup publicity.

In this video, they encourage residents to clean up litter in their neighborhoods and in their yards to deter crime, raise property values, and set an example for all ages.
What You Need to Know About
Plastic Film Recycling
Did you know that plastic bags are not recyclable through the curbside recycling collection program? If you put them in your recycling cart, they have to get separated out and thrown away. You CAN recycle them; you just need to take them to participating plastic film recycling locations.

What is plastic film? According to plasticfilmrecycling.org, “plastic bags are made out of “film”, or thin flexible sheets of plastic. Plastic film is typically defined as any plastic less than 10 mil thick. The majority of plastic films are made from polyethylene resin and are readily recyclable if the material is clean and dry.”
Here are some of the sources of recyclable plastic film: bread bags, newspaper bags, dry cleaning film, consumer paper packaging such as for toilet paper and paper towel packages, most grocery bags, and even bubble wrap – if the air is released before recycling.

Once you start looking for it, you will realize it’s everywhere! An easy way to collect and store it at home is to take your largest plastic bag and stuff it with the smaller bags and film as you get them. Before you know it, you have filled up the large bag and can tie it up and easily take it to participating drop-off location like Kroger, Walmart, or Target.

Find a participating drop-off location near you at plasticfilmrecycling.org.

Cigarette Litter Prevention Program
Grant Deadline: March 29, 2019
From $2,500-$10,000
The Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP), now in its 17th year, is the nation's largest program aimed at reducing cigarette litter. Communities implementing a Cigarette Litter Prevention Program, consistently cut cigarette litter by half based on local measurements taken in the first four months to six months after a program implementation. Since its inception, the program has been implemented in more than 1,700 U.S. communities.

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. 

From $250-$5,000

Through the Community Grant Program, our associates are proud to support the needs of their communities by providing grants to local organizations. 

  • The 2019 grant cycle begins Feb. 15, 2019 and the application deadline to apply is Dec. 31, 2019.
  • Application may be submitted at any time during this funding cycle. Please note that applications will only remain pending in our system for 90 days.

Keep the Rez Beautiful's RezWay Event
The 8 th  annual Project Rezway is the Keep the Rez Beautiful’s popular annual recycle fashion show held at the Bill Waller Craft Center in Ridgeland (formerly the Mississippi Craft Center) on  Thursday, March 28, 2019 . This event promotes recycling by showing how items can be reused and upcycled in creative and attractive ways. Contestants compete for cash prizes.

Affiliates interested in attending, contact sarah@keepmsbeautiful.com .

For more information visit keeptherezbeautiful.org .
Future Dates:
Mar. 28 Keep the Rez Beautiful's Rezway Event
Apr. 6 Great American Cleanup State Wide Kickoff with Keep Magee Beautiful
Apr. 25 KMB Annual Awards, Country Club of Jackson
Oct. 10-11 Keep MS/AL Beautiful Conference
To add an event to our "Future Dates" email neeley@keepmsbeautiful.com