Keep Cass County Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, participates in the annual Great American Cleanup. Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup is the country’s largest community improvement program that kicks off each spring and engages more than 4 million volunteers in more than 20,000 communities nationwide. The emphasis of the GAC program is from March 1- May 31, but cleanups can occur anytime during the year.
Keep Cass County Beautiful (KCCB) will partner with local organizations to plan volunteer events and environmental education programs structured to beautify parks, reduce waste and increase recycling, remove litter and debris, plant trees and build gardens, that will inspire generations of environmental stewards.
In 2017, KCCB provided supplies for 12 clean-ups in the county that engaged the help of many adults and youth who collected approximately 3,000 pounds of litter. "Thank you" volunteers! Keep Cass County Beautiful will provide trash bags and loan banners, safety vests, gloves and some pick-up tools (while supplies last) to Cass County communities and organizations who wish to participate in the Great American Cleanup. Activities can include litter clean-ups, special recycling events, planting red flowers for a "Grow Big Red" garden, increased recycling collections, tree plantings, clothing collections, and more.
Great American Cleanup Sponsors:
National sponsors of the Great American Cleanup include Altria, BNSF Railway, Dow, The Glad Products Company, Lowe’s and Niagara Bottling. Local KCCB corporate sponsors include Ash Grove Cement Company, John’s Appliance, Leibman Financial Services, Oxbow Animal Health, Soil Dynamics, the Village of Cedar Creek and NDEQ.
Keep Cass County Beautiful thanks our sponsors for providing trash bags, banners, posters, bottled water and other resources to make the Great American Cleanup so successful!
Grow Big Red
Communities and organizations are encouraged to plant red or red and white flower gardens to show pride in our State and pride in our communities. Follow this link to participate and how to enter your gardens in the KNB (Keep Nebraska Beautiful) awards program.
Recycling, including Cell Phone & Rechargeable batteries Recycling
The Great American CleanupTM is an opportunity to conduct a recycling drive. Contact Keep Cass County Beautiful if you would like postage-paid boxes to recycle cell phones and all their peripherals such as the batteries, chargers, etc. It is an opportunity to educate residents and businesses on the importance of recycling. Permanent cell phone and rechargeable battery collection boxes are located at Louisville City Hall, Main Street, Louisville, NE., the Plattsmouth Public Library and the Weeping Water Public Library. The Elmwood Public Library and the Elmwood Sr. Center are also drop-off locations for rechargeable and alkaline batteries.
For more information about recycling, go to our "Recycle" tab.
Get Growing America!
September 8 - November 30 annually
National Planting Day celebrates the value and power of native species in restoring ecological balance to the environment while creating greener, more beautiful communities. With a national focus on September 8 and activities happening throughout the Fall, national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful, its affiliates and its partners are mobilizing Americans to plant native species of trees, flowers, and plants.
America Recycles Day will be observed on November 15 annually.
America Recycles Day (ARD) is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. Thousands of events are held across the U.S. to raise awareness about the importance of recycling and to encourage Americans to sign personal pledges to recycle and buy products made from recycled materials.
Started by the recycling sector organization National Recycling Coalition in 1997, America Recycles Day has been a program of national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful since 2009. As the managing entity of America Recycles Day, Keep America Beautiful provides promotional and marketing support and resources to a network of local event organizers. It is sponsored by private and public entities and the EPA.