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ReFresh Newsletter Fourth Edition
Surprising as it may be to learn, food is the #1 category of Municipal Solid Waste entering our landfills each year, and yet 1 in 7 Americans experiences food insecurity. In the new ReFresh newsletter, we hope to start a conversation that will address all aspects of this vital issue, from societal impact to what we as individuals can do to reduce it. Please contact us if you'd like to receive this quarterly newsletter in the future. Download the Fall 2018 Fourth Edition, of the ReFresh newsletter here. We also invite you to read the previous editions of the Food Waste newsletter if you have not done so yet. Download the ReFresh Third Edition newsletter here. Download the ReFresh Second Edition newsletter here. Download the ReFresh First Edition newsletter here.
Keep Nebraska Beautiful Award Winners
Congratuations to all the 2018 Keep Nebraska Beautiful Award Winners! First Place in Civic/Non-Profit was GFWC Seward Woman's Club; Youth Group/School Awards in the Elementary Division included: First Place: Lakeview Elementary in Lincoln; Second Place: Everett Elementary in Lincoln; Award of Excellence: Kids Oasis-Ogallala Public Schools and Springbranch 4-H Club. Youth Group/School Awards in the Secondary Division included: First Place: Mickel Middle School, Lincoln; Second Place: Howells-Dodge FCCLA; Award of Excellende: Papillion Youth Leadership Council and Seward HS FCCLA. Winners in the School Recycling Category were: First Place: Pound Middle School, Lincoln; Second Place: Howells-Dodge FCCLA Chapter and Third Place: Seward High School FCCLA.

Great American Cleanup Awards: First Place: City of Seward; Second Place: Springbranch 4-H Club. Business & Industry First Place Winner was the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission. Our inaugural Plogging/Plalking Awards: First Place: Keep Beatrice Beautiful; Second Place: Keep Chadron Beautiful. The Keep America Beautiful Affiliate Gold-level Awards were presented to: Keep Beatrice Beautiful; Keep Cass County Beautiful; Keep Chadron Beautiful; Keep Fremont Beautiful; Keep Keith County Beautiful; Keep Lincoln & Lancaster County Beautiful. The Deanie Anderson Outstanding Community Environmental Awards recognized the City of Seward with a First Place in Division II and the Village of Petersburg with the First Place in Dividion III. The Village of Petersburg took home the Overall Deanie Anderson Award for 2018.

Keep Nebraska Beautiful appreciates the numerous efforts of all the award winners to keep their communities clean, green, and beautiful!
An Evening on the Veranda at Pinnacle Bank Arena
Huge thanks to our Table & Event Sponsors for this new, fun event including: NatureWorks LLC, Butler County Landfill, Chief Industries, Inc., Project Control, Sue & Jim Smith, Mattson Ricketts Law Firm & Bellwether Wealth! Special thanks to for the many Silent Auction donations, cash donations and to all who came out to enjoy a beautiful evening on the Pinnacle Bank Arena Veranda!
2018 Great American Cleanup
Thanks to the thousands of volunteers from many communities throughout the state who participated in this year's Great American Cleanup. This national program sponsored by Keep America Beautiful engages more than 5 million volunteers and participants who take action in their communities every year to create positive change and lasting impact.

Huge thanks to this year's national sponsors: GLAD, Dow, Lowe's, SC Johnson, McDonalds and Altria!

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KNB Wins National Award
Keep Nebraska Beautiful was again honored to receive a Diamond Level Award, the highest award for a State Affiliate, from Keep America Beautiful. The award was presented at the 2018 Keep America Beautiful National Conference in Dallas, Texas. It was the 13th consecutive year of winning the top-level Diamond level award.

Congrats to Keep Keith County Beautiful and Western Resources Group in Ogallala in winning First Place for the Affiliate Innovation - Business Partnerships category!They have initiated a Hub and Spoke recycling model for several communities in the Panhandle. Great work!
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Litter Hotline
Keep Nebraska Beautiful is proud to partner with the Douglas, Lancaster, Gage, Colfax, Dodge, and Cass County Sheriffs' Offices to offer a Litter Hotline to report persons observed littering in those counties. We encourage persons who spot a littering violation along any street, road or highway within the 5 counties to call 877-NO LITTR (877-665-4887) or complete the form by clicking here.
Schools Are Invited to Join Over 155 Other Schools in the Litter-Free School Zone Program
In an effort to keep school grounds clean and free of litter, Keep Nebraska Beautiful initiated the Litter-Free School Zone Program. For your school to participate, contact our office at 402.486.4562 or email schools@knb.org.
Nebraska School Chemical Cleanout Campaign
A website has been developed for the Nebraska School Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3) Program which includes numerous education and training resources, a database schools can use to keep their chemical inventories, and more. The website can be found at www.NebraskaSC3.org.

Keep Nebraska Beautiful was a recipient of a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop the Nebraska School Chemical Cleanout Campaign. Additional grant assistance has been received through the Nebraska Environmental Trust and the Department of Environmental Quality. The goal has been to develop and implement a school chemical management and safety program for all Nebraska schools. 295 schools have now cleaned out old, outdated or unneeded chemicals. For more information about the program, please contact the Keep Nebraska Beautiful office at 402.486.4562.
Nebraska Household Hazardous Waste Program
The Nebraska Household Hazardous Waste Program has permanent collection facilities available in Kearney, North Platte and Holdrege in addition to Omaha, McCook, Grand Island, Norfolk and Lincoln. The Holdrege facility includes a mobile unit that will serve the following cities/counties: City of Holdrege/Phelps County, City of Franklin/Franklin County, City of Minden/Kearney County and City of Alma/Harlan County.

Grow Big Red
Grow Big Red
Show your Husker spirit and Nebraska pride by planting red flowers this spring! Enter your Grow Big Red Gardens in the KNB Awards Program. How impressive would the drive across Nebraska be if red flowers could be seen from border to border?
The Great American Cleanup
The Great American Cleanup
Three million volunteers across the U.S. took part in the nation's largest organized litter cleanup program. Click here to find out how you can help this spring in your community.
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