KFB Launches Pet Waste Outreach Campaign

Clean Water, Clean Yards, Clean Shoes Logo

Keep Florence Beautiful is about to tackle a different form of litter in the community: pet waste.  Funded in part by a grant from PalmettoPride, the “Clean Water, Clean Yards, Clean Shoes” campaign seeks to educate citizens about the negative impacts of pet waste. “The ultimate goal of the project is to increase the number of people picking up after their pets,” said KFB Board Chair Michelle Bailey.

Pet waste is unattractive and has a certain “yuck” factor that deters people from using public spaces. Pet waste also contains bacteria, viruses, and parasites that may be transported to local waterways during rain events which could lead to illness in pets or humans that ingest the water. “It’s a bigger problem than people realize,” Bailey said. “In Florence County alone, it is estimated that more than 2.8 tons of pet waste are left on the ground each day.”

In an effort to promote proper disposal of pet waste disposal, 15 pet waste stations are available to homeowners associations, neighborhood associations, and public parks through an application process. Organizations interested in receiving a pet waste station should complete the application/agreement form.

In addition to the pet waste stations, portable pet waste dispensers along with an educational brochure from the Florence Darlington Stormwater Consortium have been provided to the Florence Area Humane Society. “We feel like education is key to getting people to pick up after their pets. The Consortium brochures do a great job of explaining the relationship between pet waste and water quality and the portable bag dispensers make picking up after your pet convenient.”

Pet Waste Bag Dispenser

Volunteers Needed For Winter Cleanup

River Sweep 2013

Do you have community pride?  Join KFB for a winter cleanup at Freedom Florence and surrounding trails this Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 12 Noon.

Participants should meet in the rear corner of the paved parking lot at Freedom Florence.  Follow this link for a map.  https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zPnWnTQV0-CI.khuJ-Fw4xje8

The meeting location is marked with a red star.  Cleaning can take place anywhere within the Freedom Florence complex or along the trail system which leads to the Stockade and National Cemetery.  Trash bags and gloves will be provided.

*All participants will be required to sign a waiver.  A parent or guardian must sign for anyone under 18.  Participants under the age of 15 will need to be supervised by a parent/guardian.

Volunteers Needed for River Sweep


Join us on Saturday, September 21 for the South Carolina’s annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep.  Keep Florence Beautiful and the Florence Darlington Stormwater Consortium are once again cleaning at Jeffries Creek Park in Florence.  Volunteers should meet at 9:00 AM at the parking lot on DeBerry Blvd.  Closed-toe shoes and insect repellent are recommended.  Gloves and trash bags will be provided.  For more information or to sign up, contact Terasa Young.  Help be a solution to pollution!

Save Your Ink Cartridges


KFB has teamed up with TerraCycle® to collect and recycle all inkjet and select toner cartridges.  TerraCycle creates waste collection programs called Brigades for items that are typically difficult to recycle or not recyclable at all.  Points are awarded for each item collected and each point is worth $0.01.  Funds earned will be used to support beautification and litter prevention/cleanup activities which make Florence a better place to live, work, and visit.

Inkjet and toner cartridges can be dropped off at the Billy Jeffers Center at Timrod Park the third Wednesday of each month between 5:30 and 6:30 PM.  If that is not convenient, please contact a board member to arrange for pickup.  Anyone can participate in this project from individual to church, school, business, or community organization.  Download the TerraCycle Flyer for a list of accepted toner cartridges.

Join Us For A Night of Baseball


Keep Florence Beautiful is participating in the Florence RedWolves FAM (Fundraiser, Awareness, and Momentum) Program on June 21.  Stop by our table to find out more about our organization and how you can get involved.  We’ll have some give-a-ways to thank you for you interest in making Florence a better place to live, work, and visit.  You can also help us out by purchasing 50/50 tickets.  We hope to see you there!

Keep Florence Beautiful Has A New Home

We are excited to announce that Keep Florence Beautiful finally has its own space thanks to the City of Florence.  The space needs some TLC and we would love donations of paint and supplies.  All donations are tax deductible.  Donations can be mailed or made through this site.  Please write “KFB Building Fund” in the memo line.  Thanks for helping to Keep Florence Beautiful!


Thursday, May 6, 2013

Keep Florence Beautiful to “Adopt Residency” of William F. Jeffers Center Building at Timrod Park

Keep Florence Beautiful (KFB) is getting a new corporate headquarters thanks to the City of Florence. KFB will operate its corporate offices out of the main level of the William F. Jeffers Center Building, which it will continue to share with The Florence Parks & Recreation Department, The Timrod Park Neighborhood Association and The Florence Police Department. “KFB will begin moving its belongings into the building as soon as the inside of the building gets a little KFB TLC.” states, Michelle Bailey, Chair of Keep Florence Beautiful. “We have been looking for a place to call home for some time, and more than my kitchen table and garage as a storage area. We have exciting plans for Timrod Park around the Building, we will be freshening up the landscaping around the building, the building itself, incorporating a learning center for educational purposes, etc. Having a home for KFB has been a dream of mine for a long time, and things are finally starting to come true.” “Without the Support of Drew Griffin, City Manager, Chuck Pope and Darlene Buchanan of The City of Florence, this would not be possible. So on behalf of KFB, we sincerely thank you for believing in our cause and our vision for Florence.”
For additional information, contact Michelle Bailey at 843-206-3205 or email michelle@keepflorencebeautiful.org . You can also visit our website at www.keepflorencebeautiful.org.

About Keep Florence Beautiful
Keep Florence Beautiful is a 501C3 organization; our mission is to engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community.

Our focus is to change behavior and improve the Florence community reducing the impact of solid waste and creating community pride by supporting Litter Prevention, Waste Reduction, Recycling, Beautification, and Community Greening. We identify the causes of litter and reduce it by organizing cleanups and promoting proper handling of discarded waste while improving the visual aspects of Florence, South Carolina. Keep Florence Beautiful also participates in, and organizes programs that beautify and naturally clean our environment to help achieve our goals. These programs include community education for responsible consumerism; source reduction, reuse and recycling; community gardens; restoration of vacant lots; highway and shoreline beautification; urban forests, native and wildflower plantings; and graffiti prevention and abatement.

Our guiding principles are education, individual responsibility, public-private partnerships and volunteer action. Through education we encourage positive behaviors toward community improvement and teach individual responsibility for improving our community, environment and quality of life. Our goal is to encourage the community to become more engaged as citizens and stewards of the environment. Public-private partnerships and volunteer action create broad-based community alliances and allow us to engage the community as a whole, extending the reach of our education and multiplying the impact of our actions while strengthening community pride. Partnerships and volunteers are essential to the organization; they allow us to achieve sustainable community improvement.

Recent Projects & Initiatives
Some of the recent projects and initiatives of Keep Florence Beautiful include the Florence Cultural Garden in Downtown Florence, The City County Complex Beautification Project, The annual Great American Cleanup, and The Magic City Pride Downtown Litter Sweep. Details such as the amount of trash collected, sponsors, partners, and other project components are available by request.

Keep Florence Beautiful Board of Directors: Tammy Dickerson, Terasa Young, Tabatha Bellflowers, Tara Durden, Victor Webster, Julian Young, Cliff Smith, Susan Poland, and Michelle Bailey.

Plant Native

National Planting Day Logo

You can help plant natives on Saturday, October 13 from 9:00 AM – Noon at Timrod Park in Florence.  Volunteers should meet at the large rain garden which is close to the playground.  If you have gloves and a shovel, please bring them with you if you don’t, we will have extra tools onsite.  For more information, contact Terasa Young at 843-661-4800 x 113 or terasa@clemson.edu.  Click here to learn more about the National Planting Day Initiative.

September 8, 2012 marked the first ever National Planting Day hosted by Keep America Beautiful, its affiliates, and its partners.  National Planting Day was established to celebrate the value and power of native species in restoring ecological balance to the environment while creating greener, more beautiful communities.

Native plants are very important for attracting specialized pollinators which lead to the production of food for birds and ultimately many more animals higher up on the food chain.  Native plants also provide wildlife habitat.  As an added bonus, they tend to have lower maintenance, fertilizer, and water requirements making them easier to care for.

Protect Water Quality: Participate In River Sweep

YOU can help protect water quality by participating in Beach Sweep/River Sweep.  Beach Sweep/River Sweep is South Carolina’s largest one-day volunteer cleanup of its kind.  Every 3rd Saturday in September, thousands of South Carolinians clear beaches, rivers, lakes, marshes and swamps of aquatic debris.  Last year, over 3,000 dedicated volunteers removed 20 tons of litter from the state’s beaches, marshes, and waterways.  In the cleanup’s 23-year history, nearly 1,100 tons of litter have been collected, and much of it was recycled.

The cleanup is organized statewide by the SC Sea Grant Consortium and the SC Department of Natural Resources.  Locally, site captains identify an area that needs attention and coordinate cleanup for that site.  The Florence Darlington Stormwater Consortium and Keep Florence Beautiful  are teaming up to clean Jeffries Creek park on Saturday, September 15 from 9:00 AM – Noon.  The Park consists of about 55 acres between Edisto Drive and DeBerry Boulevard.  Anyone can participate – families, schools, youth groups, civic and conservation clubs and businesses.  Trash bags and water will be provided.  Participants are encouraged to wear long pants and close-toed shoes that can get wet/muddy.

Remember….We ALL live downstream.  You can be a solution to pollution!  If you are interested participating, please contact Terasa Young at Terasa@clemson.edu.