NEWBERRY — The Keep Newberry County Beautiful team has been busy with projects to help reduce litter.
KNCB board members participated in the Newberry Ag Expo in September and Oktoberfest in October by handing out free car ashtrays and pocket ashtrays to help cut down on cigarette butt litter.
Metal cigarette butt collection towers are also being provided to local downtown areas across the county.
Annette Davis, KNCB executive director, presented the idea of recycling during this year’s Oktoberfest. She designed and built the four unique yellow recycling trees used to collect plastic cups and bottles, aluminum cans, and glass bottles used during the festival. The items were artistically placed on the tree limbs creating a fun and unique way to encourage everyone to recycle.
“The tree project promotes recycling and uniquely helps to keep the recyclable items out of landfills,” Davis said. “The recycling tree was an enormous hit with the locals and visitors alike and we sincerely appreciate your vote of support.”
The recycling trees will be on location at future local events and welcomes volunteers to have recycling trees at their events.
The KNCB affiliate is working toward a variety of recycling programs in Newberry County.
There is a customized event trailer stocked with litter clean-up supplies and is ready to assist any group, church, club, troop, or community with a local litter clean-up.
Doug Heydt, Newberry Soil and Water Conservation District and KNCB board member, is now scheduling litter pick-ups for January through April before the spring’s roadside grass grows.
Davis is further promoting the KNCB recycling efforts by heading up a county wide used ink cartridges, ink pens, dry erase markers, and crayons from local schools, homes, and businesses.
Stacy Guy, Newberry County recycling coordinator and KAB board member, will be collecting old telephone books to be recycled once new phone books are released in 2014, while Morgan Traynor, Newberry College KNCB representative, will be collecting used shoes from schools to be given to those in need or recycled into a totally new product.
Cindy Schumpert, KNCB chair, is meeting with local government officials to learn more about their area, their specific needs, and how the KNCB can assist them. Schumpert is also planning a local Grinding of the Greens event, where unwanted Christmas trees will be grounded into mulch and given back to the community.
There are many volunteers who work to make Newberry County beautiful. For instance, Dr. Cynthia Gardner, a is fairly new to Newberry County and teaches at Lander University and helps with researching projects.
Sheri Scott is a lifelong resident, and works with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Department has provided exceptional help with the state’s litter laws and graffiti in our area, and Shari Warren serves as the Piedmont Technical College representative and has researched local contact information for churches who may be interested in conducting a litter clean-up in their communities. Each member of the KNCB affiliate is a vital and much needed component of the program’s success thus far.
Working under the direction of the NSWCD, Keep America Beautiful, Keep South Carolina Beautiful (KSCB), and Palmetto Pride organizations, KNCB is a volunteer based county wide program dedicated to natural resources conservation, beautification, anti-litter, and recycling efforts in Newberry County.
People can contact the Keep Newberry County Beautiful office if they are interested in any of the aforementioned programs. There are also customized guest speaker programs, anti-litter and recycling education programs, as well as projects being added monthly.
The KNCB office is located in the USDA Service Center, 719 Kendall Road in Newberry, across from the new Family Dollar Store and between Flowers from the Heart and Cannon and Associates. They can be reached via email at Annette@NSWCD.com or by phone at 803-276-1978, ext. 101.
KNCB wants to hear from Newberry County citizens regarding any ideas or suggestions on promoting beautification, anti-litter and litter clean-ups, natural resources conservation, or recycling programs. The organization is also on Facebook and online at www.KeepNewberryCountyBeautiful.us.