KRB celebrated KAB’s America Recycles Day last Saturday by holding an E-cycle drop off at the Revell Ace on Spillway Rd. Thank you to everyone that came out and volunteered, those that dropped off electronics, Magnolia Data Solutions and Revell Ace.
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks’ officers recently requested a clean up in the Reservoir Spillway area. On Saturday, October 22, the officers and several Boy Scouts and their parents participated in the efforts. Over 50 bags of litter were retrieved from the rocks, boat landing and on the sandbars. The group is looking for solutions to keep the area litter free. KRB hosted their GAC there in April of this year. A survey was taken and many of the people who frequent the area offered solutions such as more enforcement, higher fines for littering, more signage, more garbage cans, and charging a fee to fish in the area. Until the solutions are found……the trash that was picked up, WON’T go down stream to the Gulf of Mexico when the rain comes, and the garbage bags won’t be flying in the trees. Thanks guys and ladies for your help!
KRB has partnered with teachers at Stonebridge, Northwest Rankin Elementary and NWR High School to help teachers meet Science curriculum requirements in planting seeds and growing healthy food. Four raised bed planting tables were donated and students participated in planting lettuce seeds, radishes, carrots and kale! More than 400 students participated in the event. Nicole Kitchens, Horticulture Therapist, Glynna Garrott & Jeannine May, KRB Volunteers coordinated the project.
KRB also volunteers with the Mustard Seed where seedsters have two large tables for growing herbs and vegetables year round!
Last Saturday, about 70 cub scouts and parents helped landscape the Turtle Point Nature Area and Lakeshore Park by mulching flower beds, azaleas and trees and picking up limbs. They also picked up litter below the Spillway. All the efforts are appreciated! Thank you!
Saturday, October 29th – RESERVOIR BOTANIC GARDENS – FERNS, FALL FLOWERS AND SHRUBS AND VOLUNTEER TO CLEAN UP THE GARDENS!
Keep The Reservoir Beautiful would like to invite the public to join KRB and the Reservoir Botanic Garden Club for a fun day in the Reservoir Botanic Gardens on Saturday, Oct. 29th from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help spruce up the gardens. Bring you tools and gloves and be ready to work! Also featured that day will be the Fern Master, Bob Stribling, sharing his knowledge on how to grow native ferns & Roger Gallian, Horticulturist of Lakeland Yard & Garden will be discussing planting fall flowers and shrubs. Nicole Kitchens, Horticulturist Therapist, Growforth Garden, will be demonstrating planting vegetables and herbs in a raised bed planting table.
Saturday, November 5th – RESERVOIR E – ELECTRONICS – RECYCLE DAY at REVEL ACE HARDWARE SHOPPING CENTER, 1919 SPILLWAY RD. 8:30 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Help Keep the Rez Beautiful and Magnolia Data Solutions celebrate America Recycles Day by donating unwanted Electronics and E-Recycle. Bring any unwanted electronics and lighten the electronic waste from your home or office and recycle in an environmentally friendly and secure way! Computers, desktop copiers, fax machines, radios, televisions, cell phones, desk phones, VCR players, electronic games, monitors, keyboards, printers, laptops and more will be accepted.
Utilizing the help of KRB’s Director, Rebecca”Becca” Blair, an extraordinary 8-year-old, and her Mom created and started a curbside recycling program, “HELP ME GO GREEN” in Saddlewood neighborhood. KAB’s educational information on recycling, including Waste in Place, has been part of Becca’s plan. Based on past experience while picking up litter below the Reservoir’s Spillway and along the Pearl River, around Pelahatchie Bay and other areas in the community, she has made a lasting impression on others as to show litter can be recycled, reused or reduced.
She found out after recycling in a week at home that the family could reduce their trash
from 7 – 9 bags down to 2 – 3 bags by recycling plastics that her family threw away. She
was so excited about the results that she wanted to involve her neighborhood. She asked
Keep the Rez to donate reusable mesh Boat and Tote Bags that are used by boaters to
reduce litter in the Reservoir. Keep The Rez Beautiful requested that she weigh her
findings for future references. Becca created a flyer for distribution for recruitment.
The e first week she collected 12.5 pounds of plastic recyclables from 17 households. She
picked up the bags every Monday and kept a log of what she was collecting. Her recycle
efforts were so visible that other children in the neighborhood wanted to assist. Her
Mom would trailer the recyclables to the KRB recycle county roll once a week.
Becca also made an outfit of recyclables (“The Garden Nome” made from dog food bags),
and was in the 2016 KRB 5th annual Project Rezway, a recycle fashion show. Her outfit, a
reusable garden outfit won rave reviews from the audience. Her outfit was featured in two
magazines (3,000 circulation). KRB has also featured her on Facebook and the KRB to tell Becca’s Go Green story.
Volunteers include herself, her Mom and Dad and 4 neighborhood children. Using no funding and Boat and Tote bags donated by KRB, she is still walking the neighborhood to promote her project and still collecting the recyclables seven months.
Keep the Reservoir Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep Mississippi Beautiful, works to promote waste reduction, recycling, composting, litter prevention and beautification in the area of the Ross Barnett Reservoir located in Central Mississippi. KRB conducts various activities and events to promote recycling and proper waste management such as Recycle Bowl, the Great American Clean-up, and KRB’s annual recycle fashion show, Project Rezway. These and other activities conducted by KRB serve to educate residents of the Reservoir area on the benefits of recycling in a fun and unique way and encourage them to get involved and take responsibility for improving the community. Also, as part of the Boat U.S. Foundation’s Reel and Recycle Program, KRB has established a recycling program to prevent broken monofilament fishing line from being put in the Reservoir. In partnership with the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District and MS Adopt a Stream, the fishing line is collected in containers placed in areas around the Reservoir for recycling. This recycling program prevents litter and injury to local birds and other wildlife that may get caught in broken fishing line. In addition, KRB works closely with Rankin County Supervisors and Waste Management to promote the County’s local recycling drop-off location near the Reservoir Fire Station and Community Center. KRB informs and encourages residents in the use of the drop-off site through social media and other methods. In 2014, KRB was able to help expand recycling for reservoir area residents and visitors through a grant award from Waste Management. KRB used the funds from the grant to purchase the first solar recycling compactor in Rankin County. The solar compactor, located at Winner’s Circle Park in Flowood has been a huge success with the help of the City of Flowood. KRB is continuing to work to build on the success of these recycling efforts by adding an additional recyclable roll-off container at the Fire Station drop-off site and additional compactors at Timberlake Campground, the Turtle Point Nature area and fishing areas along the reservoir. For their commitment to improve and enhance recycling conditions in their community, Keep the Reservoir Beautiful receives MRC’s 2015 Non-Profit Recycler of the Year Award for the State of Mississippi.
The Mississippi Recycling Coalition is a consortium of recycling companies, local governments, state agencies, and other interested organizations in the State of Mississippi. MRC promotes and encourages responsible solid waste management through various methods such as source reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting programs. For more information on the MRC and the MRC Environmental Hero Awards, please visit the MRC web page at http://www.msrecycles.org/.