Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, 9am West Florence High School / Florence ‘Rail Trail’ area
Beach Sweep / River Sweep—organized by S.C. Sea Grant Consortium in partnership with S.C. Department of Natural Resources—is the largest one-day litter cleanup of South Carolina’s beaches and waterways. Every third Saturday in September thousands of South Carolinians volunteer to clear trash from our beaches, rivers, lakes, marshes, and swamps.
About Beach Sweep/River Sweep is an annual event for South Carolina since 1988 and is held in conjunction with The Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, which involves several hundred- thousand volunteers in over 75 nations.
This year KFB and our volunteers will meet behind West Florence High School in the back parking lot (near the Florence ‘Rail Trail’) to clean up the swamp area behind the school. Closed-toe shoes and insect repellent are recommended. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. For more information contact site captain Terasa Lott or visit the River Sweep page on the S.C. Department of Natural Resources website at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/bsrs/
Volunteer for the KFB River Sweep Would you like to be a part of this year’s Beach Sweep/River Sweep? Anyone can participate, including businesses, civic clubs, recreation clubs, individuals, families, school groups, church groups, and youth groups. Volunteers select any river, lake, swamp, beach, creek, or marsh area they wish to clean. Click here to volunteer for this event and help be a solution to pollution!
The 4th Annual KFB Brew Fest | Saturday, September 20, 2014
The Fourth Annual KFB Brew Fest was held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Roseneath Farm (1102 Cherokee Rd) Florence, SC. Ticket sales from the event helped Keep Florence Beautiful, a local non-profit organization with the mission of improving the community through beautification projects and recycling initiatives. The event featured:
The Carolina Southern-rockin’ Charlie Daniels is headed to the Pee Dee!…. and he’s not alone. TheLand That I Love benefit concert will also feature The Marshall Tucker Band plus free autographs and photo ops with Danny Koker “The Count” from History’s hit TV series Pawn Stars andCounting Cars.
Florence County will hold Hazardous Household Waste Collection days for residents as follows:
Saturday, April 13, 2013 – 10am – 4pm, in the old Wal-Mart parking lot, 230 Kelley Street in Lake City.
Saturday, April 20, 2013 – 10am – 4pm, in the old Winn-Dixie parking lot, 1611 South Irby Street, in Florence.
Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to dispose of hazardous items that are not typically accepted with your regular waste collection or at Florence County collection centers. For details regarding items to be accepted, please read the event flyer in detail for Lake City or Florence.
These events are sponsored by the Florence County Local Emergency Planning Committee. For questions, please contact the Florence County Emergency Management office at 843-665-7255.
KFB Receives the 2012 Keep America Beautiful Presidents and Innovation Awards
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 4, 2013
Keep Florence Beautiful Honored by Keep America Beautiful for Innovation in 2012
In January 2013 the Keep Florence Beautiful organization received the Innovation Award for creating new and innovative programs and partnerships to further the mission of Keep America Beautiful. Each year one winner is chosen for each focus area: Beautification/Community Greening, Waste Reduction/Recycling and Litter Prevention.
Keep Florence Beautiful Honored by Keep America Beautiful for High Performance Achieved in 2012
Local Organization Recognized as Among the “Best of the Best” Nationwide
Keep Florence Beautiful received the Keep America Beautiful President’s Circle Award during Keep America Beautiful’s 60th anniversary National Conference, which recently took place in Washington, D.C.. The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance made by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit in building and sustaining vibrant communities. In qualifying for a President’s Circle Award, Keep Florence Beautiful has met Keep America Beautiful’s standards of excellence by conducting an annual Community Appearance Index, calculating the affiliate’s cost/benefit ratio, and administering activities in the areas of litter prevention, recycling and waste reduction, and beautification and community greening. “One of Keep America Beautiful’s most effective tools is the work of our grassroots network of affiliate organizations, which has an impact on millions of Americans each year,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Matt McKenna. “Our affiliates are providing real solutions to local problems caused by litter, graffiti, illegal dumping and other community blight by engaging volunteers of all ages in its effort to create a vibrant community.”
Community Appearance Index-Litter Index: The Keep America Beautiful Community Appearance Index-Litter Index is a tool used by KAB affiliates to visually assess overall appearance of communities through indicators such as litter, illegal signs, graffiti, abandoned/junk vehicles and outside storage. A team of community, business and government representatives conducted the visual analysis using a scoring system ranging from 1-4, with “1” rated as “no litter” to “4” being “extremely littered.” Each year, affiliates grade their communities during a drive-by examination of the same areas at the same time of the year. This provides an indication of the success of each community’s anti-littering education and other anti-littering programs.
Cost/Benefit Analysis: This measurement tool enables Keep America Beautiful affiliates to demonstrate their ability to leverage community resources by determining the dollar value returned to the community for every dollar invested by government.
About Keep America Beautiful, Inc. Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a strong national network of 1,200 affiliates and partners including state recycling organizations, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities. Keep America Beautiful offers programs and engages in public-private partnerships that help create clean, beautiful public places, reduce waste and increase recycling while educating generations of environmental stewards. Through our actions, we help create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound. For more information, visit www.kab.org.
The Florence County Local Emergency Planning Committee would like to encourage you to dispose of your waste in a safe and environmentally friendly way by hosting two hazardous household waste collection events.
April 13 in the old Wal-Mart Parking Lot on Kelley Street in Lake City. April 20 in the old Winn-Dixie parking lot on Irby Street in Florence.
Both events will be open from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
Hazardous household waste include: oil based paints, gasoline, mercury containing items, outdated medicine, and pesticides. For more information, contact 843-665-7255. Thanks for putting toxic waste in its place!
Keep Florence Beautiful Supports Great American Cleanup
Saturday, March 23, 2013
8AM – 12:30 PM
The Great American Cleanup will be held Saturday, March 23, 2013. Volunteers will be cleaning their designated areas of the community then meeting at Timrod Park in Florence, where teams turn in their clean up reports and enjoy a free lunch provided by Keep Florence Beautiful and its sponsors’…read more
Effective January 25, 2013 the City of Florence will now accept cardboard with their curbside recycling program. Please read their News Release for complete details and guidelines for cardboard collection.
If you have questions about your City of Florence Sanitation services, please conact the Public Works Department at (843) 665-3236, Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 4:00pm.