Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Mecklenburg County's efforts to reduce litter and increase
recycling awareness have garnered national recognition.

Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful, a division of Mecklenburg County Solid
Waste Services, has earned the 2009 President's Circle
Recognition Award from Keep America Beautiful, KMB's parent

The President's Circle award goes to Keep America Beautiful
affiliates that promote community beautification by tuning in to the
community's individual needs, maintaining an active advisory
council, participating in training opportunities and upholding high
standards of accountability to the national organization.

Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful's efforts include:

● Its tailgate recycling program, a community partnership that
encourages Panthers fans to recycle cans and bottles before heading
into the stadium. More than 20 tons of recyclable materials have been
collected so far this season.

● Recycle and Win, the recycling promotion in Mecklenburg County
that rewards residents for proper recycling. Winners receive a $50
gift card to Harris Teeter. The program is sponsored by Coca-Cola.

● Swat a Litterbug, which encourages residents to report
littering as they see it happen by calling a County hot line.
Litterbugs receive a gentle reminder in the mail that littering is
illegal. For more information, go to

"Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful is striving to get the environmental
message out there so that we can make a difference in our own back
yard," says Jake Wilson, executive director of Keep Mecklenburg

Keep America Beautiful Inc. is the nation's largest volunteer-
based community improvement and education organization. Participating
organizations engage citizens to prevent litter and reduce waste
through reuse and recycling. Millions participate annually in programs
to clean up and beautify their neighborhoods. To learn more about Keep
America Beautiful, visit

Since 2003, Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful has empowered residents of
Mecklenburg County to take greater responsibility for enhancing their
environment. To learn more about this and other waste reduction
programs, go to