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.
Keep Mississippi Beautiful holds a Great American Cleanup State Kickoff each year. Keep Mississippi Beautiful Affiliates are encouraged to submit proposals at the beginning of each year.
Previous Great American Cleanups
Keep Mississippi Beautiful held two Great American Cleanup Kickoff events in 2021. The first took place with Keep Jackson Beautiful beginning with our Annual Awards Presentation on the steps of the Mississippi State Capitol presented by Governor Tate Reeves and First Lady Elee Reeves. 103 volunteers dispersed to sites across Jackson and volunteered over two hours planting 8 trees in Keep Jackson Beautiful’s Community Garden and over 200 flower bulbs on the grounds of Jackson City Hall. This event had a cost avoidance of over $10,700. The second event was our planned 2020 Kickoff event with Keep Corinth-Alcorn County Beautiful that was postponed due to Covid-19. Over 77 trees were planted at the entrances of Crossroads Regional Park replacing the 76 trees that were lost in a storm with 70-90 mph straight line winds in October 2019. Over 57 volunteers came together for over 2 hours and collected over 1,110 pounds of litter and worked on curb maintenance and mulching a major thoroughfare in downtown Corinth. This event displayed the resiliency of Corinth and Alcorn County specifically through beautification and had a cost avoidance of over $4,000.
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 a Keep America Beautiful educational resource developed for pre-kindergarten through 12th 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. The materials are used by many educators nationwide to influence positive behavior, to foster social responsibility and respect for the environment, and to enrich their students’ learning experiences.