Still young after its founding, the Keep Elbert County Beautiful (KECB) Branch of the Keep America Beautiful organization is coming off a successful community clean up.
On Saturday, a total of twenty-seven volunteers came out and helped pick up litter at numerous public boat ramps not located within state parks.
Keep Elbert County Beautiful Executive Director Andrea Marlowe says they are still working on separating all the recyclables collected.
“The recyclables as far as cardboard, plastic bottles, and glass, things like that will be recycled”, said Marlowe. “The metal and aluminum cans we will sell to help benefit Keep Elbert County Beautiful.”
The group collected 503 lbs of recyclable material, 230 lbs of trash, and 23 tires on Saturday.
Marlowe says KECB is already planning their next event, set to take place in Bowman, GA.
“We’re hoping to do another recycling happy hour within the next couple of months. We did that last year and had people ask us if we would do another one, and that event when it is held, will be held at the Bowman recycling center”, she said.
Several local businesses and volunteers contributed to the success of the clean up and Marlowe wanted to express her gratitude.
“To A&D Cycles for letting us use their parking lot, and to Robbie King for cooking our lunch. Also our sponsors: Waste Away, Pinnacle Bank, August Coca Cola, Elberton Federal Savings and Loan, Elbert County Board of Commissioners, Hicks Funeral Home, and Waste Zero for providing bags for us to clean up”, said Marlowe.
In total, volunteers with Keep Elbert County Beautiful picked up litter at ten boat ramps throughout the county.