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About Us
Keep Nebraska Beautiful, a 501 c 3 organization, was started in 1964 by Governor Frank Morrison. In 1980 Keep Nebraska Beautiful became a statewide affiliate of Keep America Beautiful (KAB) which is a national, non-profit public education organization. There are 22 local KAB affiliate communities in Nebraska. Keep America Beautiful affiliates are educational and community-improvement programs that address local needs including litter awareness and litter cleanups; beautification; reuse and recycling programs and neighborhood revitalization.

Keep Nebraska Beautiful's funding comes from grants, memberships, and fundraisers including an annual Charity Golf Tournament. We particularly appreciate the grant support of the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality as well as our many loyal members and supporters.

Major Programs

Nebraska Materials Exchange Program - Keep Nebraska Beautiful (KNB) began the Materials Exchange Program to help facilitate the exchange of materials from a business who no longer needed the material to a school, nonprofit organization, or another business who could put the material to good use.

Nebraska Food Waste Reduction Program -Food waste is now the largest component going to landfills in the U.S. 40% of all food is being wasted -- nearly 400 lbs. per person every year, costing a household of four an average of $1,800 annually. At the same time, 42 million Americans face food insecurity and less than 1/3 of the food we throw out would be enough to feed this population completely. Our goal is to help educate Nebraskans about food waste and provide strategies to reduce food waste by 50% by 2030 - a goal set by EPA. Contact our office if you wish to receive the Food Waste quarterly newsletter, Re-Fresh.

Nebraska School Chemical Cleanout Campaign - The Nebraska School Chemical Cleanout Campaign has been developed as an endeavor to make all Nebraska schools safer. It is an effort to rid schools of all unneeded, outdated and potentially dangerous chemicals. Numerous partners are engaging in the effort. We were awarded a 2-year grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the development of the program and have had continued grant support to help schools pay the cost of the proper disposal of their old chemicals through the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and the Nebraska Environmental Trust. Please visit the Nebraska SC3 website at www.NebraskaSC3.org.

Nebraska Used Oil Collection Program - Keep Nebraska Beautiful along with numerous other partners have developed a program being implemented on the city and county level to facilitate the collection of used oil. There are now 60+ cities and counties participating in the program. A listing of the collection sites can be found under the Used Oil Program heading.

Nebraska Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program - Keep Nebraska Beautiful and numerous other partners continue the development of a statewide sustainable program for the collection of household hazardous waste. Permanent collection facilities are now located in Omaha, McCook, Kearney, North Platte, Holdrege, and Norfolk. Collection facilities will be added in other communities as the program grows and expands.

Litter-Free School Zones - A program to encourage students and staff to keep their school grounds litter-free and to raise the public's awareness of litter via a Litter-Free School Zone sign placed along the school perimeter. More than 150 schools are participating.

The Great American Cleanup - Keep Nebraska Beautiful facilitates this Keep America Beautiful signature program across the state each year. Keep America Beautiful partners with several national sponsors to provide trash bags, banners, and other supplies and resources. Local Great American Cleanup initiatives include litter cleanups, clothes collections, recycling drives, park enhancements, graffiti removal, beautification such as the planting of "Grow Big Red" flower gardens and other community-improvement projects.

Grow Big Red - A statewide beautification effort that encourages everyone to plant red flowers. It is a fun and unique beautification celebration that allows the citizens of our state to become more united in building community pride as we enhance Nebraska's outstanding natural beauty.

Keep Nebraska Beautiful Environmental Awards Program - The annual awards program recognizes youth, schools, civic and nonprofit organizations, businesses, KAB local affiliates and Nebraska communities for their outstanding environmental efforts.

Teacher Workshops and Kids' Eco Fairs - Education is the key driver of successful community programs as well as our state program and we start in the classrooms utilizing curriculum from Keep America Beautiful. We provide teacher workshops as well as hands-on activities with students at several Kids' Eco Fairs and Festivals across the state.

Meth Lab Litter Awareness and Volunteer Safety Program - Keep Nebraska Beautiful, in partnership with the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension, the Nebraska Highway Patrol, former Congressman Tom Osborne's office, and the Nebraska Department of Roads, created a video/DVD and a brochure to help make cleanup volunteers more aware of the potential danger of meth lab litter and how to respond should they find some during their cleanup efforts.

Public Awareness Through Integrated Communications - KNB maintains this website, publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Link, provides public service announcements for radio and newspaper, and provides free information to Nebraska citizens on all aspects of litter prevention, solid waste prevention and community improvement.
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The Great American Cleanup
The Great American Cleanup
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