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Shangri La Gardens and KOCB Bring the Recycling Focus to the 25th Annual Trash-Off

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Shangri La Gardens and KOCB Bring the Recycling Focus to the 25th Annual Trash-Off

Building community partnerships across Orange County to improve our local environment and reduce litter is what the 25th Annual Trash-Off is all about. On Saturday, February 22, Keep Orange County Beautiful collaborated with Shangri la Gardens to add recycling to the 2020 Trash-Off. Superior Tire and Service of Orange and D&D Scrap of Bridge City collected abandoned tires and scrap metal, at no charge to county residents.  New this year was a chance for Trash-Off teams to collect plastic bottles and aluminum drink cans in blue Recyclops bags for recycling.

Over 280 tires were collected during the 5-hour event at the Orange Boat Ramp.   “Big Picture” Mike Hughes from Superior Tire and Service said, “Working together we filled the Superior box- truck twice and a full load in the pick-up truck!”  Tire recycling is paid for through a partnership with SE Texas Resource Conservation and Development using enforcement funds from the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

D&D Scrap from Bridge City also collected scrap metal during this event.  “As loads of tires with rims came in, we separated them onto a separate trailer so we could remove the metal before sending the tires on to Superior”, said Chris Dollins co-owner of D&D.  When a load came in, the crew pulled off the tires and metal first, then sent the vehicles on down to the dumpster to drop trash bags from the Trash-Off. “This year we added new volunteer partners from Dow Chemical”, said KOCB Chair Deborah Bednar, “We could not have done this without them”. The event was a huge success!

The final stop for the clean up was to turn in the Recyclops bags.  Each Trash-Off team was given 2-3 of the blue bags and asked to fill them with plastic bottles and aluminum drink cans. “By separating those items out of the trash mix, we were able to send them with Recyclops to Houston on their next recycling run, rather than to the landfill”, said Katie Krantz, the Education Director of Shangri La Gardens.

This is the first tire recycling KOCB has sponsored in 2020.  One-thousand tires and over 10,000 lbs. of scrap metal were collected and recycled in Orange County in 2019.   KOCB will sponsor additional recycling events during the year.

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Keep Orange County Beautiful Trashoff 2020

25th Annual Community Trash-Off Scheduled for February 22

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25th Annual Community Trash-Off Scheduled for February 22

The 25th annual Community Trash-Off is scheduled for Saturday, February 22, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the City of Orange Boat Ramp, located on Simmons Drive in Orange, Texas. This year’s Community Trash-Off is presented by INVISTA and hosted by Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in collaboration with the City of Orange and Keep Orange County Beautiful.

Orange County residents are encouraged to take pride in the community and help clean up trash from area neighborhoods and waterways. Keep Orange County Beautiful will be accepting old tires from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.  Gather your team to help clean the streets and waterways of the Orange, West Orange and Pinehurst communities. For participants, lunch is provided.

Teams will consist of 3-5 volunteers and will be assigned to an area to clean up. Clean-up stations are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups are encouraged to sign up early. On the day of the event, team leaders can pick up supplies at the park for use at their assigned clean-up sites. Call 409.670.9113 for more details.

Registration Forms can be downloaded here.

Re-Launch of Adopt-a-Street Program

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Keep Orange Beautiful Holding Tire and Scrap Metal Collection

Keep Orange County Beautiful is working with City of Orange Council Person Terrie Salter and Director of Planning Kelvin Knauf to re-launch the Adopt-a-Street Program in Orange.  Leaders from each organization that signed up to help keep Orange streets clean is asked to bring their volunteer teams to meet at Saint Mary’s Catholic School on Saturday, January 25, 8-10 AM for the program re-launch. Pick up supplies will be provided by the City of Orange.  Additional volunteers are always welcome to join the teams.  If you want to start an Adopt-a-Street team, please contact the Planning and Community Development office in Orange.

The downloadable PDF application below outlines all of the program details and the streets available to be adopted.

Adopt-a-Street Program Rules and Application



Lamar State College Orange Recognized by Keep Orange County Beautiful

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Lamar State College Orange Recognized by Keep Orange County Beautiful
Pictured rom left to right are Patty Collins, LC-O; Deborah Bednar, KOCB, Chair; Dr. Johnson, LSC-O President; Sandra Hoke, KOCB; David Derosier, KOCB.

Keep Orange County Beautiful (KOCB,) presented the 4th Quarter Beautification Award to Dr. Thomas Johnson, President of Lamar State College Orange (LSC-O). ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Members of his staff, together with board members of KOCB attended the presentation.

Deborah Bednar, president of the county’s beautification organization, said she has long admired the campus landscaping. “It’s inspiring to the community to see that the Future is Bright Orange,” Bednar said, referencing the LSCO slogan.

Dr. Johnson said he appreciates the award because of the pride our campus takes in maintaining a clean and pleasant campus environment. “I often hear from people who are visiting our campus for the first time that they had no idea our campus was so beautiful,” he said. LSC-O will be celebrating their 50th Birthday Bash on Tuesday, October 29th.  Dr. Johnson hopes that the community will come out and visit the campus that day.

Sandra Hoke, a KOCB member, commented that she hopes that others in the community will follow suit to the way Lamar State College Orange maintains the campus.

KOCB has been giving quarterly beautification awards in Orange County for over a decade. KOCB is affiliated with Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep American Beautiful. KOCB has been active in Orange County since 1997.  Previous Beautification Award recipients include Salvation Army, Sabine Federal Credit Union, and Industrial Thermal Services.

A major focus for KOCB in 2019 has been to organize and implement Tire Recycle and Scrap Metal Collection events in Orange County.  During 2019 two events were held, one in March and the second in July. Over 1,000 tires were collected and recycled and over 10,000 pounds of scrap metal were removed from the backyards, vacant lots, and drainage ditches in Orange County.  These projects align with all three of KOCB values of trash abatement, recycling, and beautification.

Deborah Bednar of Keep Orange County Beautiful Recycles Tires and More in Orange County

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Keep Orange County Beautiful (KOCB) is a registered D/B/A for Gateway Cities Proud – Southeast Texas Inc., a Texas non-profit corporation. KOCB has been active in Orange County since 1997. KOCB is managed by its Board of Directors.

Today we’ll be hearing from Board Chairperson, Deborah Bednar, as she tells us more about her experience on KOCB.

Contact Deborah Bednar

Website: http://www.kocb.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KeepOrangeCountyBeautiful

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