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Protecting the Trees
Photo: Jean Manki with one of her adopted trees.

Jean Manki, retired nurse and Wellstar Hospice volunteer, first got involved with the Smyrna Tree Board as a concerned citizen when development increased in her Forest Hills neighborhood.

“I’m very much a tree hugger,” she says. “It was breaking my heart to see trees coming down left and right. I wanted to become more active and proactive in protecting the trees."

Eventually, Jean was asked to join the Tree Board as Ward 6 representative, and currently, she serves as the chair.

The Smyrna Tree Board’s mission is to “provide education, communication, and advice to the City of Smyrna and its citizens of the benefits of a healthy and flourishing urban forest canopy to enhance the quality of life within our ecosystem.”

Once on the Tree Board, Jean became aware of Keep Smyrna Beautiful’s Adopt-a-Tree program, which rescues trees from development and connects them with community members.

Visit our website to read more about how the Smyrna Tree Board and Keep Smyrna Beautiful are working together on the Adopt-a-Tree program.
Welcome, Jharionne!
Jharionne Anderson has joined Keep Smyrna Beautiful as a marketing and communications intern through the spring of 2023. Jharionne is a senior at Georgia State University persuing a bachelor’s degree in marketing. In her free time, she loves writing, watching movies, and attending local events, such as Smyrna Food Truck Tuesdays. Welcome, Jharionne!
Bulky Trash Amnesty Day: October 22
On October 22, Smyrna residents can take their large, bulky trash items to Public Works and dispose of them for free! This event provides a service to residents and helps prevent illegal dumping. This event is open to Smyrna residents only, so bring an ID or utility bill.

October 22
8:00am-1:00pm
Smyrna Public Works, 2190 Atlanta Road

No construction debris, lawnmowers, propane tanks, paint or hazardous waste, or Freon-containing appliances.

Click here for a flyer with a list of accepted items. [PDF]
Jonquil Bulb Sale
KSB's annual Jonquil Bulb Sale is in full swing! Bulbs will be on sale ($20 for a bag of 40) at the Smyrna Recycling Center (3475 Lake Drive) through 10/28.

After that, they'll be on sale at the KSB booth at Crafts & Drafts on October 29 & 30.

The Smyrna Recycling Center hours:
  • Sunday & Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday & Wednesday: 8am-4pm
  • Thursday: 10am-6pm
  • Friday & Saturday: 8am-4pm
America Recycles Day: November 15

Recycling 101, Tours of the Recycling Center & More

America Recycles Day is November 15, 2022. Join Keep Smyrna Beautiful in making our city clean, green, and beautiful by participating in various activities this America Recycles Day, including:

  • Recycling 101: Lunch & Learn at the Smyrna Community Center
  • Family-friendly tour of the Smyrna Recycling Center
  • To-go craft kits for kids
Click here to learn more and RSVP for the Recycling 101: Lunch & Learn and the Recycling Center Tour!
Get Involved

Volunteer with Keep Smyrna Beautiful!


We mobilize volunteers to protect the environment and we're always looking for more hands to help us achieve a clean and green community. 

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Community Cleanups: October 13, November 4, November 19
  • Storm Drain Marking: October 18, November 9
  • Crafts & Drafts Tabling Event: October 29, October 30
  • Smyrna Wondrous Winter Cleanup: December 17
Fill out a volunteer application to get started!

Group Volunteer Opportunities: 
  • Adopt-a-Mile: Are you looking for a regular volunteer opportunity for a work group, family, civic group, etc.? Consider adopting a mile! Adopt-a-Mile (AAM) is a litter cleanup program that reduces the amount of litter on Smyrna roadways through quarterly cleanups. Keep Smyrna Beautiful provides flexibility on scheduling cleanup dates and all the necessary supplies. Groups commit to cleaning up a stretch of roadway 4x a year. 
  • Storm Drain Marking: Storm Drain Marking is a fun, hands-on program aimed at reducing and preventing the dumping of litter and other pollutants into our local storm drains. Storm drain marking involves placing eye-catching decals on top of the storm drains to inform the public that dumping into storm drains is not permitted. This opportunity is a one-time event that should last 1 to 3 hours depending on how many storm drains will need to be marked. Dates for this volunteer opportunity are flexible and are dependent upon the volunteer/group availability.
  • Litter Pickup: If you're looking to help combat litter in the city but aren't looking for a regular opportunity, consider scheduling a one-time litter cleanup! Groups up to 10 people. 
Fill out our group volunteer form.

Save the Date: Smyrna Wondrous Winter Cleanup on December 17


Celebrate your Smyrna community this winter, by giving back at Keep Smyrna Beautiful’s Wondrous Winter Cleanup! On Saturday, December 17, join your neighbors and friends to gift Smyrna with clean streets and good cheer. Visit the Community Cleanups page of our website to learn more and sign up to participate.

Become a School Partner


Keep Smyrna Beautiful is proud to partner with Smyrna schools to offer KSB School Grants and Teacher Continuing Education Scholarships. While the fall application period for grants closes on October 15, KSB offers the following school partnership opportunities throughout the year:
  • Paper-making demonstrations
  • Water pollution education
  • Recycling education
  • Smyrna Recycling Center tours (no more than 30 students at a time)
  • Project WET, Wild, and Learning Tree activities
  • School supply recycling
  • Volunteers for campus cleanups or beautification projects
Find guidelines, links to online applications, and additional information on Keep Smyrna Beautiful's School Partnership page.

Report Litter


Help us identify areas within the city where litter is a problem. If you see a roadway or area within the city with litter, let us know. This helps us target our efforts for our cleanups!

Click here to report litter.

Protect Our Water


Preventing stormwater pollution can be as easy as changing how you wash your car!

Commercial car washes have to meet certification requirements to ensure that they use water efficiently, properly dispose of wastewater, and recycle a certain percentage of water.

It might seem like handwashing is more environmentally responsible, but a commercial car wash might be the best choice. If you do wash your car at home, try to do it in a grassy area to avoid oily and soapy runoff into the closest storm drain.
Smyrna Recycling Center

Tour the Recycling Center


The City of Smyrna Recycling Center is now offering tours. See what happens to your glass, cardboard, metal, and more after you drop it off at the center, and learn how to improve your recycle game!

Tours take place the third Friday of the month from 9am-10am. If you would like to schedule an alternative time for a group tour, please contact Julie Barwig at jbarwig@smyrnaga.gov.

The next tour is coming up Friday, October 21. Reserve your spot! 

Save the Date: GA Gives Day!
Do you want to support Keep Smyrna Beautiful's work to create a healthy and vibrant environment in Smyrna? Save the date for GA Gives Day!

GA Gives Day is held on Giving Tuesday, which takes place every year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year it's on November 29. This day of giving back is an opportunity to support local nonprofits in your community like Keep Smyrna Beautiful.


Visit KSB's GA Gives Day page.
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