Keep Mississippi Beautiful offers a number of resources to community groups and local governments to help with litter cleanup and prevention, beautification and recycling, including grants and cleanup supplies.
Great American Cleanup
The Great American Cleanup® runs from June 1 to October 18. As the country begins to open up and Americans are getting back to spending time outdoors, it is as important as ever to help end litter across our great nation. This means that we should all make sure that waste (including PPE) gets placed in the trash and we all recycle based on local capabilities.
National Sponsors for the 2020 Great American Cleanup include: Altria, Better Natured™, Diageo, Dow, The Glad Products Company, Igloo®, Niagara Bottling, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company.
Great American Cleanup in Mississippi
We invite neighborhood associations, churches, youth groups and other organizations to join us for our Great American Cleanup each year. To help with your cleanup, Keep Mississippi provides Glad trash bags (while they last). To request supplies, please fill out and submit a REQUEST FORM. Following your cleanup, be sure to complete and submit a WRAP-UP REPORT by October 31, 2020. (Affiliates, please request supplies through Keep America Beautiful.) You can also find a social media toolkit and other resources on our Promotional Toolkit webpage.
Covid-19 and Cleanups
For those of you not feeling comfortable volunteering for a group activity or seeking an alternative to an actual cleanup in places that are not yet deemed safe, you can participate in the Great American Cleanup Virtual Experience, a “virtual park” that one can interact with and beautify.
As local communities begin to open up again, Keep America Beautiful has shared resources to help with reactivating volunteers with community cleanups:
- Volunteering Post Covid-19 Shelter in Place Orders: Designed to help ensure Keep America Beautiful affiliates have the tools and resources to provide up-to-date health and safety resources and to minimize personal contact before, during, and after events.
- Litter Cleanup in a Covid-19 Environment: Designed to provide guidance to individuals wishing to pick up trash and litter in their community keeping safety front of mind.
KMB’s Awards Program recognizes the best of the best among our network of community-based affiliates, leading corporate partners and individual volunteers across the country who have committed to delivering cleaner, greener and more beautiful communities.
Our 2020 Award’s Luncheon has been postponed due to COVID-19. Please follow our Facebook page and e-newsletter for updated information.
Keep Mississippi Beautiful offers grants to nonprofits and local governments (i.e. cities, counties) to expand or develop litter prevention and cleanup programs as well as beautification programs. Grant proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis. Grants only available to non-affiliates. Download the Grant Application Guidelines.
If selected for a grant, download the Grant Recipients Guidelines and Wrap-up Report. Additionally, download the KMB logo for promotional materials.
Forming a New Affiliate
If your community does not have an affiliate of Keep Mississippi Beautiful and Keep Mississippi Beautiful, we encourage you to help start one. This network offers a tested, practical way to educate citizens. Both Keep America Beautiful and Keep Mississippi Beautiful offer resources to help affiliates thrive and truly impact communities. If you’re interested in forming an affiliate, please contact Sarah Kountouris.
- How to Recycle Unwanted Medicine in Mississippi: The Mississippi Department of Public Safety has set up drop off locations around the state of Mississippi for disposal of unwanted, expired, and unused household medications
- Mississippi Recycling Coalition: This group offers grants and resources related to recycling in Mississippi.