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Oct
03

Affiliate of the Month: Clean and Proud for 33 Years Keeping Abilene Beautiful!

Welcome to Keep Abilene Beautiful , where for over 33 years, we have served our community. Our very first Executive Director was Donna Albus, who now sits on the city council and is a force to be reckoned with. She has such a philanthropic heart and a commitment to the beautification of Abilene. ​Abilene continues to be one of the best mid-sized ci...
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Oct
02

Guest Blog: 4 Things to Know About Household Hazardous Waste

What exactly is Household Hazardous Waste? The Environmental Protection Agency considers HHW to be "leftover household products that can catch fire, react, or explode under certain circumstances, or that are corrosive or toxic as household hazardous waste." Products that may become HHW are often readily accessible and contain labels that read "DANG...
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Oct
01

Guest Blog: Why Do the Data? How Cleanup Data are Used and How You Can do it with Clean Swell

Since around the time that "trash" became part of our daily lives and waste management became a necessity, cleanups to keep it out of the environment have also been happening. While we don't know who "started" the community, waterway or beach cleanup, Keep America Beautiful and Ocean Conservancy have certainly been at the forefront of nationwide an...
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Oct
21

Your Guide to a Green Halloween

Halloween is quickly approaching, and before you know it, you'll be knee-deep in decor, costumes, candy wrappers and pumpkins. Here is a quick and simple guide to reducing your waste during this spooky season, so you don't have to fret over what not to do!   Costumes ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Whether you're a Halloween costume fanatic that must beat all rival...
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Sep
25

Cleanups of All Sizes

KTB affiliates come in all shapes and sizes, but every community has the potential to gather volunteers and make a difference. In the past, we have registered events from as small as a family of four to as big as a city with over 1,000 volunteers. No matter what size your community or what needs you have, Fall Sweep is a great time to get everyone ...
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Sep
18

Navigating Disaster Preparedness in a Changing Texas

This year at our Annual Conference, we held a Disaster Preparedness and Management Focus Group to learn more about what's going on around the state with disaster preparedness and what work needs to be done. Because of the sheer size of Texas, environmental diversity and location on the Gulf of Mexico, the state must deal with threats on a regular b...
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Sep
11

Eight Simple Ways to be Prepared for a Disaster

You're not sure what, but something is pulling you to up your preparedness game, and Keep Texas Beautiful applauds you. Recently, the great state of Texas has seen a lot of natural disasters and other emergencies that leave us thinking about how our life could change in an instant. We can't avoid disasters, but we can prepare ourselves and our fami...
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Sep
09

Affiliate of the Month: Earth Day Mansfield Brings Green Family-friendly Fun

Every April, the City of Mansfield plans a full slate of events to offer residents the opportunity to not only clean up around their homes and beautiful their community, but also to celebrate, protect and conserve our environment and natural resources. These events include the city's bi-annual Chunk Your Junk & Shred Day, spring Creekside Clean...
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Sep
05

The Future of Texas Water

Water conservation is an issue thought about frequently by most Texans, but the exact reasons for why it is needed are not often understood. Texas is a state that will almost certainly face water availability issues in the near future, and increased water conservation will almost certainly be required to ensure that all Texans have access to enough...
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Aug
22

Fall Sweep 2019 - Ways You Can Get Involved

Keep Texas Beautiful is excited to launch our third annual Fall Sweep ! Fall is just around the corner and its time to sweep away the lazy days of summer. Let's go back to school and back to work improving our communities. This year, Fall Sweep will begin right after Labor Day on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Groups can plan their events all the way ...
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Aug
19

Guest Blog: Video Contest Helps Teens Learn About the Environment

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, environmental education helps people develop a deeper understanding of environmental issues and learn the skills to make informed and responsible decisions. It also teaches people to weigh various sides of an issue through critical thinking and strengthens skills in problem-solving and decision-maki...
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Aug
08

Keep Smithville Beautiful - Murals, Murals, Everywhere - And Other Projects, Too!

Smithville is a small, rural town in Central Texas with a population arguably at about 4,000 people. Keep Smithville Beautiful (KSB) is a committee of the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce. Despite its small budget, KSB enjoys the support of a large network of volunteers and partners that help make sure that Smithville is working towards the goal...
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Jul
23

Scenic Cities 2019

This month, 21 Texas municipalities earned official Scenic City certification through the Scenic City Certification Program , a project of Scenic Texas , Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), and 16 statewide program partner organizations . These municipalities have demonstrated their commitment to enact high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and ...
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Jul
24

Legislative Session Round-Up for Affiliates

On May 27th, the Texas Legislature's 86th session concluded. Out of the 8,753 bills filed for the  session, 1429 were passed, a few of these of interest to KTB affiliates. These include allocations  of funds to parks in the state budget and a bill concerning the recycling industry. One interesting bill passed this session was Senate Bill ...
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Jul
18

Keep Texas Beautiful Honors 2019 Youth and Educators

We love working with and recognizing all of our outstanding youth and educators across the state. We're proud to show off our Keep Texas Beautiful Awards for this year's Youth and Educator recipients. This program honors extraordinary students, educators and volunteers working to improve and beautify their communities. Each application is judged on...
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Jul
09

Affiliate of the Month: Helping to Keep Angelina County Beautiful is As Easy As AB/C

Working in Angelina County since 1984, Angelina Beautiful/Clean (AB/C) has a mission to educate and empower East Texans to take responsibility for enhancing their community environment and serves Angelina County and the surrounding area to help make it a cleaner, greener place to live, work and play. AB/C cultivates programs, services and education...
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Jun
10

Affiliate of the Month: 35 Years of Keeping Austin Beautiful

Here at Keep Austin Beautiful , we inspire and educate all Austinites to volunteer together, beautify green spaces, clean waterways and reduce waste every day. Austin is one of the fastest growing urban areas in the United States. At Keep Austin Beautiful, we are increasingly focused on addressing some of the key environmental issues raised by...
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Jun
06

Sessions to Attend at our Annual Conference

We hope to see everyone at our Annual Conference in Rockwall from June 18-20! If you haven't registered yet and would like to attend, the deadline to register is ​June 11. Learn more and register at ktb.org/conference .  During the conference, there will be several educational sessions where you can learn more about how to improve your or...
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May
20

Texas' Required New Hire Reporting Form

As part of your process of onboarding new employees, don't forget that you need to file a New Hire Reporting Form with the State of Texas Attorney General's Office. Federal and Texas state laws require that employers report all new hires and rehires within 20 days of when that employee starts earning wages. If you have employees that require W-2s, ...
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May
01

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Aransas County Beautiful - Hurricane Harvey Silver Linings Playbook

We at Keep Aransas County Beautiful are humbled and honored to be chosen for as the Affiliate of the Month this May, as we know there are many great groups in Texas that have been around a long time that are certainly very well deserving.  As many may or may not know, Aransas County is now known as hurricane Harvey ground zero. When a communit...
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