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Keep Nebraska Beautiful Day proclaimed Saturday

Staff Writer
Syracuse Journal-Democrat

This Saturday, June 27, has been declared Keep Nebraska Beautiful Day by Governor Pete Ricketts. The day is led by Keep Nebraska Beautiful. Together with its’ affiliate nonprofit organizations across the state, Keep Nebraska Beautiful is dedicated to providing environmental education, litter cleanup, waste reduction, and improved recycling to all Nebraskans.   

During a time when it can be difficult to find ways to volunteer and give back to the community while socially distancing, Keep Nebraska Beautiful Day is designed to bring people together as individuals and small groups share their volunteer efforts online through social media.

“With indoor activities and large group events limited due to coronavirus, we are seeing sidewalks, trails, parks, and campgrounds filling up with people,” said Meagan Deichert, president and CEO of Keep Nebraska Beautiful. “We love seeing people outside enjoying nature, but at the same time increased activity can lead to increased trash. Keep Nebraska Beautiful Day is a time to make sure our outdoor spaces remain beautiful and litter free, so they can continue to be enjoyed by all.”

People are encouraged to participate by: (1) picking up litter, (2) planting native species in their gardens, (3) helping a neighbor, friend or relative with an outdoor project, or (4) pledging to end litter in Nebraska at http://www.knb.org. Activities can be done individually or in small groups, and people are encouraged to share photos of themselves participating in Keep Nebraska Beautiful Day on social media tagging Keep Nebraska Beautiful or using the hashtag #keepnebraskabeautiful.

Participants are urged to use gloves when picking up litter and to remember to wash their hands thoroughly after cleanup.

“We are excited to join with Nebraskans across the state in a day of cleanup and service. Even as we socially distance, we can still come together to clean up our communities.” Said Deichert. “Every cleanup counts.”

Visit http://www.knb.org to learn more about participating.

About Keep Nebraska Beautiful
From its inception in 1964, Keep Nebraska Beautiful has been a nonprofit focused on waste reduction, recycling, and community beautification. In 1980, Keep Nebraska Beautiful became the state affiliate for Keep America Beautiful.

As the state affiliate, Keep Nebraska Beautiful remains an independent nonprofit which coordinates Keep America Beautiful events in the State of Nebraska, such as the Great American Cleanup, America Recycles Day, Recycle Bowl, and National Planting Day.

Over the years, 20 local affiliates throughout the state have joined Keep Nebraska Beautiful as Keep America Beautiful affiliates. These affiliates are educational and community-improvement programs that address local needs such as litter awareness, litter cleanups, beatification, reuse and recycling programs, and neighborhood revitalization.