Keep Conway Beautiful Joins Statewide Initiative

Conway Commits to Focus on Litter, Beautification and Recycling

(Columbia, SC) – Keep South Carolina Beautiful, the state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc., and a division of PalmettoPride, welcomes the City of Conway to its expanding community-based Network of Affiliates with the certification of Keep Conway Beautiful.

“We are proud to see Conway making litter, beautification and recycling a priority,” stated Mallory Coffey, Keep South Carolina Beautiful State Leader. “Becoming an affiliate is an extensive process, only undertaken by those who understand the commitment needed to create a cleaner, greener and more beautiful community for the future.”

After a year of researching their community, KCB finalized their affiliate certification with an Advisory Board Training. During the training, several board members discussed the need to not only pick up the litter in Conway, but to educate the citizens and visitors of Conway on issues and local and state litter law enforcement.  “Keep Conway Beautiful has an 18-month strategic plan to focus on pickup, awareness, education and enforcement. They understand it requires a variety of paths to create a litter-free and beautiful community,” said Coffey.

Their strategic plan is split into the three pillars of KAB: litter, beautification, waste reduction and recycling. Litter projects will focus on adopting neighborhoods as cleanup sections in order to lower their Litter Index Score and campaigns will target uncovered loads. When it comes to beautification, KCB plans to utilize their Tree Grant Award from PalmettoPride to host tree planting workshops for families. In terms of waste reduction and recycling, they will conduct a city-wide survey to gather data on issues, questions, and citizen concerns.

“The strategic plan Keep Conway Beautiful created addresses the issues discovered during their litter index and research of their local ordinances and programs,” explained Coffey. “We were impressed by these volunteers, not only because of their efforts and ability to understand every part of the affiliate process, but because they know it is up to them and the citizens of Conway to take ownership of their community. It’s not just up to the staff of the local government to deal with litter; it is a hands-on community effort.”

Jill Miller, a board member of KCB said, “The future of our planet is directly impacted by the actions of today’s inhabitants. Keep Conway Beautiful can help preserve the environment for future generations through its efforts to reduce litter and waste.” Community members, businesses and other organizations can contact KCB for upcoming projects, events and programs by calling the City’s Grounds and Maintenance Office at (843) 488-1777.

Keep Conway Beautiful joins more than 30 local affiliates across South Carolina. In addition, KCB will join more than 600 KAB affiliates, including 26 state affiliates, and a number of international affiliates.

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PalmettoPride is working towards a litter-free South Carolina. Created as a legislative initiative to fight litter and help beautify South Carolina by engaging citizens to take action in their communities through education, enforcement, awareness and pickup. Keep South Carolina Beautiful is the state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and is housed as a program under PalmettoPride. KSCB oversees nearly 30 affiliates across the state and provides resources, training, and guidance to those affiliates.

Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful strives to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

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