KALB hosted a luncheon for city and county school administrators, green team leaders, and public officials recently in an effort to encourage increased recycling education and activities within our schools.

Why is this Important?

Since the 1920’s and 1930’s when mass production became popular, consumers found less expensive products on store shelves. More people could now afford to buy these products. That was a wonderful thing, wasn’t it? Manufacturers discovered that they could keep the price low by using lower quality parts, which would then malfunction or become less desirable leading consumers to buy “new and improved” products.

Advertisers then began to train us, the consumer, to want these new and wonderful products. Well, just about the time we learn to use our new phone, computer tablet, or television set advertisers are trying to convince us that we can’t live without the bigger and better version!


So where did we toss all of our outdated, no-longer-working, no-longer-fashionable stuff? Most went into the trash can, which was then hauled to a landfill and covered over with dirt never to be thought of again…or so we thought.

In 2006, each American man, woman, and child produced on average 4.6 lbs. of garbage per day. Yes, per DAY. Landfills began filling up fast and new landfills were needed. The cost of extracting raw materials from deep inside the earth is very labor intensive and became very expensive. How long could we continue this process before depleting our natural resources?

Today many old landfills are being mined for recyclable materials, particularly metals. We finally realized that we have been throwing away materials that could be used again and again with less cost and a gentler impact on our environment.

So Why Target Students?

What better place to start than teaching our children the importance of protecting our environment through responsible use of our natural resources? Young children have open hearts and open minds and are willing to listen to the information provided without preconceived ideas, and before bad habits have become a way of life. If we are going to impact our children through education, it is important that school administrators and leaders understand and support these lessons.

KALB is a wonderful resource to our schools and to individual teachers. It is our hope that we will continue to have a positive impact on our local and global environment by providing knowledge through educational programs.

We welcome any teacher or school administrator to contact us for more information on how we can be of service.
By: Lynne Hart


September and October are going to be very, VERY busy for KALB and we are so excited! This is one of our favorite times of the year because we get to spend so much time out in the community. Here’s what we have coming up!

Art on the Square – 9/8

KALB will have a presence at this event encouraging visitors to use the recycling containers and trash cans. Oh, and yes we will be enjoying the beautiful art and working hard to get our ducks adopted for our Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby!

Duck and Run 5K Race and Fun Run – 9/15

Registration is open for runners and walkers who would like to support KALB while enjoying a mildly challenging race. Visit our website for details or to register online. Registration is also available through Active.com. This race is always fun with some great prizes!

Athens Grease Festival – 9/29

We can’t wait to be part of Athens’ first Grease Festival! Come on, we all know it’s best to eat healthy, but we have to give in to our craving for some good ole’ deep fried goodies once in a while! KALB will be there promoting the FOG Collection and Recycling program. In an effort to keep Fats, Oils, and Grease out of your plumbing and the city’s sewer lines, the Athens Water Services Department and KALB have teamed up to create a FOG (Fats, Oils, and Grease) recycling collection. Containers will be handed out at the Grease Festival to be taken home and used to collect cooking oils, fats, and grease. Full containers can then be dropped off at strategically placed collection cages throughout the city and an empty container be taken home. The full containers will then be taken to the recycling center and sold to Limestone County farmers who will make biodiesel fuel for their farm vehicles! How cool is THAT?

Old Time Fiddler’s Convention – 10/5-6

Our staff and volunteers LOVE this event! Throughout this 2-day event, KALB staff and volunteers will be handing out litter bags, reminding attendees to use the recycling bins, servicing the food vendors to be sure their recycling bins don’t overflow, and managing the Boy Scouts that come to help pick up the litter that does find its way to the ground. The wonderful music and scrumptious food available make the whole event more fun than work.

Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby – 10/6

KALB’s signature fundraiser is our wacky rubber duck race with the McClary Ford $1,000 Grand Prize! This is a great way to support the work of our agency and have some fun, too. For a $5.00 donation to KALB, we will enter a specially-designed rubber duck in our race. For a $25.00 donation you will receive a Chick-fil-A Quack Pack of 6 ducks (1 free!) and a coupon for a Chick-fil-A sandwich. Volunteers will be at all of the events listed on this page and will have duck adoption certificates available. Visit our website for details and for on-line adoptions.

Our volunteers and staff work very, very hard all year long. Your support of these programs and events is always appreciated…by us and by future generations that benefit from the environmental education we provide today.
By: Lynne Hart

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Get ready…get set…GO to our website and register to be part of the 9th Annual Duck and Run 5K Race and Fun Run taking place on Saturday, September 15th to support the work of Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful! You can also register through www.northalabamarunner.blogspot.com.

The Duck and Run 5K is a moderately challenging race through the streets of historic Athens, Alabama. Runners will pass antebellum homes, pass through the Courthouse Square, and enjoy refreshments and award presentations in the historic Athens Utilities Building which was built in 1906. This building was recently renovated and is now the Athens Visitors Center.

The first 25 runners to register for this race will have a rubber duck entered into the Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby which takes place on October 6th and offers a $1,000 grand prize sponsored by McClary Ford in Athens. This event also supports the work of Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful.

Pre-registration for the 5K is $15 and must be postmarked by 9/8/12. Race Day registration is $20. Fun Run registration is $10. A race form can be printed off the KALB website if you prefer not to register online.

Packet pickup and late registration will be on Friday, September 14th from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the KALB office located at 125 East Street — right behind Big Spring Memorial Park. Race Day registration will begin at 6:45 a.m. 5K Race will begin at 8:00 a.m. Fun Run begins at 9:00 a.m.

T-Shirts will be guaranteed to the first 200 registered runners. Awards and prizes will be presented. Must pre-register to guarantee size.

For more information on the race, please contact KALB at 256-233-8728 or email to KeepALBeautiful@att.net.

KALB appreciates our sponsors for this race: Fleet Feet, McClary Ford, Pepsi, Dub’s, Athens-Limestone Hospital, Advocare, Wilmer & Lee, P.A., Quizno’s and Bruegger’s Bagels. We appreciate these businesses supporting this fundraiser!

If you or your business would like to help sponsor this event, we would be pleased to add your name or logo to our race t-shirts, place any advertising you provide into the race bags, and provide recognition on all printed materials. Just give us a call!
By: Lynne Hart
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In today’s world, “What’s in it for me?” seems to be a frequent question.

One of my favorite quotes is from Senator Gaylord Nelson, the founder of Earth Day, who said, “The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.”

Our actions, more than our words, indicate whether we care about the condition of this planet when handed over to those future generations.

I believe that most people are caring and unselfish, and will do the right thing if given the necessary information. I still have hope for the goodness of the human race.

Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful has a mission and goal to provide environmental education and information to our community so everyone can make informed choices about their personal behaviors.

Here are a few ways that YOU can connect with the information you need:

Monthly e-Newsletters
Our e-Newsletters are an excellent way to receive up-to- date, local information on events, programs, and upcoming volunteer opportunities. Newsletters are brief with added links for additional information. Email addresses are protected, never sold or given away, and are only used for KALB business.

Facebook Page
KALB’s Facebook page – Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful – is a great source of quick, useful information. Our posts provide information in easy-to-swallow bites — and it is ALWAYS local and pertinent.

KALB also has a website dedicated to our entire organization, which includes information on our education programs, litter abatement activities, our Recycling Center, and Beautification Board. Here you can find details about our programs, find a list of what, where, and how to recycle, and seek out the many volunteer and sponsorship opportunities available through KALB.
We rely on Planet Earth to provide a great deal to us — food, water, fresh air, and more. Future generations are relying on us, people they’ve never met, to handle their planet with care and concern. Connect with KALB and we’ll help you do just that. (256) 233-8728
By: Lynne Hart

Tammy Haymon, KALB’s Education Coordinator and I had the pleasure of manning one of the “stations” at Cub Scout Camp in Decatur recently. About 120 boys attended, including several from Limestone County troops. The theme of this year’s camp was metals. What better way to get a young boy’s attention, than by letting him build his own robot with a huge selection of “parts” from which to choose? Before the boys could begin building their robots, important lessons had to be learned about metals. Tammy presented a PowerPoint program and shared information about the types of metals, the mining process, and also the protection of natural resources and cost savings when these metals are recycled rather than tossed in the trash.

Every one of these boys can now explain how to tell the difference between ferrousand non-ferrous metals and how they are separated when they are recycled. The lesson was like eating your vegetables because it’s required to get dessert. The boys patiently listened to Tammy and me, but could not wait to begin building their own robot to take home!

KALB would like to thank our Recycling Center, Electricfil in Elkmont, Don
Wojtal, and Ruby McCartney for supplying the nuts, bolts, wire, bottle caps, Christmas tree ornaments, metal cans, fittings, screws, and an array of other treasures for this project. As you can see by the photos, it was a great project with some very unique results! If you are interested in having KALB provide activities for a group, please call us. Tammy just loves to be with the kids. Ahem… and just wait until school is back in session and the kids get to hear us sing!

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When, Where, And Why

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans wear out about 290 million tires every year. About 80% of tires are recycled. What about the other 20%? If you have old tires stored away somewhere, we’d like to encourage you to dispose of them properly.

Here is what NOT to do:
Don’t store them outdoors, toss them in the river, or dump them in the woods. Tires collect water and provide a great breeding ground for mosquitoes and nests for rodents. Don’t burn them! Burning tires creates thick smoke which contain dangerous pollutants such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene, styrene, phenols, and butadiene. The oily substance created by burning tires contains lead and arsenic and can contaminate nearby water supplies or ground water. Don’t take them to the landfill. The vulcanizing process used on tires makes them nearly indestructible, leaving these tires to take up precious landfill space for decades to come.

Here is what you SHOULD do:
Thanks to a grant received by the Limestone County Commission from the Alabama Dept of Environmental Management, Limestone County residents can take old tires to any of the four district sheds from now through mid-September. Residents will be required to show a valid driver’s license or utility bill as proof of residency.

District 1 Shed: 22555 Elkton Road, Athens, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
District 2 Shed: 24795 Pepper Road, Athens, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
District 3 Shed: 14119 Ripley Road, Athens, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
District 4 Shed: 22155 Section Line Road, Elkmont, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

There are over 100 products currently made using recycled tires, including rubberized asphalt, low-maintenance decking material, indestructible mulch for your flower garden, and cushiony surfaces for running tracks, basketball courts, and outdoor playgrounds.

Don’t wait! Recycle your tires now, because time flies and September will be here before we know it!

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