Keep Mississippi Beautiful has a number of signature programs that focus on improving communities by preventing litter, promoting recycling and beautification. Many of our programs align with those of Keep America Beautiful as well as our network of affiliates across the state.
Great American Cleanup
The Great American Cleanup is the nation’s largest community improvement effort, rallying together 4 million volunteers to improve 20,000 communities. Keep Mississippi Beautiful and its network of affiliates participate each year in this Keep America Beautiful effort, working with local communities to make improvements in their neighborhoods.
This Year’s Great American Cleanup
The state’s 2018 Great American Cleanup State Kickoff was held in Hazlehurst on May 19, 2018. Keep Mississippi Beautiful and Keep Copiah County Beautiful partnered for a cleanup at Lake Hazle. The event brought in 280 volunteers who picked up litter, leveled picnic tables, installed a walking trail for recreation, and planted over 300 flowers and shrubs.
Previous Great American Cleanups
Last year, the Great American Cleanup led to many positive changes across our state, including the partnership with the Outdoor Happiness movement to create a park in Flora. Learn more about the project.
Be sure to check our Volunteer webpage to see if about upcoming cleanup opportunities. If not, we encourage you to organize one! We can provide the supplies. See “Community Cleanups” on our Community Resources webpage for more information.
Cigarette Litter Prevention Program
Cigarettes are the #1 littered item across America. Sixty five percent of all cigarette butts are littered. Butts compose a third of litter on roadways. With the help of Keep America Beautiful’s Cigarette Litter Prevention Program, we are working with the Mississippi Department of Transportation to reduce cigarette butt litter at four welcome centers. Read more.
Wildflower Trails of Mississippi
Mississippi has many native wildflowers, but these days, they can be tough to find. The Wildflower Trails of Mississippi project is helping bring them back, sowing the seeds to ensure future generations can appreciate the sights and smells of wildflowers. Visit Wildflower Trails of Mississippi’s webpage.
Waste in Place
Waste in Place is Keep America Beautiful’s educational resource developed for pre-kindergarden through 12 grade students and educators that offers hands-on activities related to end littering, improve recycling, and beautifying communities. The activities are interdisciplinary and STEM correlated. We offer teacher workshops as well as educational presentations for Mississippi schools, libraries, and childcare programs. Visit kab.org/our-programs/education/waste-place webpage