Foco Woman
Monday, 19 August 2019 16:39

Is “Litter Free Forsyth” an impossible dream?

Not if Keep Forsyth County Beautiful (KFCB) has anything to do with it!  KFCB is a local affiliate of the national Keep America Beautiful program and the state Keep Georgia Beautiful program. 

The program is a joint partnership between Forsyth County Government and the Keep Forsyth County Beautiful, Inc 501(c)3 Board of Directors.  KFCB partners with government, businesses, schools, civic organizations and citizens in the focus areas of waste reduction and recycling, beautification and community greening, litter abatement, and water quality.

2019 marks the silver anniversary for this busy organization. And what have they been doing for 25 years? Education and outreach are the heartbeat of KFCB. Chances are if you have or had a student in a Forsyth County School, they have been touched by KFCB’s effort in some way. KFCB initially partnered with the schools in 1994 by providing a few free bins for recycling paper.  That grass roots program has since grown exponentially and is now a sustainable multi-item recycling program supported by the Board of Education. KFCB’s new role is to serve as a consultant to schools and encourage participation in environmental programs including its Green School Awards Program.  Eighteen schools applied for and attained Green School status for the 2018-2019 school year.

Recycling is only the beginning of student outreach. Did you know that 7,902 students participated in educational classes last year taught by KFCB Outreach Specialists?  While thousands more were involved in keeping our county clean, green and beautiful by picking up litter, marking storm drains, and helping with beautification projects. 

And KFCB is not just for kids. What’s on the agenda for adults in 2019?  Lot’s of fun and impactful activities!   Come out to Poole’s Mill Park on August 22nd for “Meet The Creek”, an introduction to stream health assessment.  Or join us at Shore Sweep, the annual Lake Lanier cleanup event on September 14th.  Is your garage cluttered with old household chemicals?  Pack ’em up and bring them to the 2nd Household Hazardous Waste collection event in November!

Ultimately everything KFCB does circles back to how we handle our waste. In light of that, they are excited to announce a new campaign to be launched later this year, “Litter Free Forsyth”.  This initiative will be a major undertaking and will require that the entire community work together. Volunteers will be needed to report litter, pick up litter, and spread the word that littering in not acceptable.  In addition, KFCB will be seeking monetary sponsors to help support our “Litter Free Forsyth” efforts.

Now is the time to join us on our next big adventure to a “Litter Free Forsyth”. Join us. “Together, we do beautiful things”.