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Posted on: April 1, 2021

Keep Allen Beautiful applauds community cleanup response in 2020

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Keep Allen Beautiful (KAB) presented its annual report to Council in March. Despite program suspensions due to COVID-19, KAB saw an enthusiastic community response for beautification efforts in 2020.

Adopt-A-Program evolves to include individual opportunities
As group cleanup events shut down last spring, KAB saw an increase in individuals requesting opportunities to clean around the city. Many residents conducted one-time cleanups without an Adopt-A-Program promotional street sign or contractual obligation.

Allen youth also wanted to get out of the house and beautify their neighborhoods. KAB Chair Ryan Smith noted a group of three students who collected litter and then created a collage of before-and-after cleanup photos. A separate volunteer conducted 21 separate one-time cleanups in different Allen locations.

KAB offers remote education programs
Remote learning became important in 2020 as residents sought ways to stay engaged in beautification. City of Allen’s two education specialists offered classes on recycling education and litter prevention via Teams, Zoom and Google Classroom. Our specialists also volunteered to provide environmental education classes at Joe Farmer Recreation Center for staff who brought their children to work.

Litter education remained a priority last year. KAB says discarded personal protective equipment (PPE) became an emerging new form of litter in 2020. In response, KAB joined Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful to guide volunteers on how to handle cleanups during- and post-COVID-19. 

2020 cleanup results

  • 1,138 volunteers
  • 1,709 volunteer hours
  • 97 cleanups
  • 260 miles cleaned
  • 82,800 pounds diverted
  • Eight awards

Mark your calendars - Great American Cleanup is April 17!

KAB invites all City of Allen water utility customers to kick off their spring cleaning at Great American Cleanup. Recycle, dispose, and discard items from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 17. Proof of water bill required. Learn more and view accepted items.

Note: Bulk trash, metals and loose brush will not be accepted at the event. Instead, schedule a convenient curbside pickup by calling CWD at 972.392.9300 (option 2).

Two volunteers carrying a TV to disposal

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