A Summer of Cleaning & Greening!

Happy Friday! Mississippi is more beautiful than ever because of you! Thank you for all that you have done to clean and green Mississippi as a volunteer, affiliate leader or community partner this summer. We encourage you to keep up the excellent work, and keep us posted on what you’re up to! Send your stories and photos to us.

Two Mississippi Communities Receive Bin Grant

Many people recycle in their homes, but they find it tougher to recycle when they’re out and about. Now in its fourth year, the Dr Pepper Snapple Group/ Keep America Beautiful Park Recycling Bin Grant is helping communities install recycling bins in parks.

Ridgeland and McComb are among two of the communities to receive grants this year, which will ultimately lead to 1,000 new bins across the country. Congratulations to Keep Ridgeland Beautiful and McComb’s Recycling One Program for receiving these awards!

“With the help of Dr Pepper Snapple Group, we’re transforming public spaces into beautiful places by making sure more recyclables are being placed in proper receptacles in our parks and natural areas,” said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president/recycling, Keep America Beautiful. “Our partnership is helping to make recycling more accessible and convenient, which is one of primary factors in making recycling a daily habit.”

Keep Mississippi Beautiful Welcoming New Communities to Affiliate Family

Three communities are in the process of joining the Keep Mississippi Beautiful family as affiliates. Yazoo City (right) was certified last week as an affiliate of KMB and Keep America Beautiful; Panola County and Canton (below) were pre-certified last week and preparing for certification. With these three, Mississippi will have 38 communities with certified affiliates.
“As you know, a Keep Mississippi Beautiful affiliate has a tremendous impact in its community by bringing together volunteers to improve public places,” said Sarah Kountouris, KMB Executive Director. “We are excited to bring Yazoo City, Canton and Panola County into our ‘clean and green Mississippi’ family, and we are eager to see their accomplishments in their communities.”

Keeping Mississippi's Roadways Clean
Thank you to volunteers with Gum Springs Baptist Church who distributed trash bags for vehicles at the church's car show.
Clean Waterways Starts Upstream
Keep the Rez Beautiful distributed Keep Mississippi Beautiful/ Keep America Beautiful information at the Reservoir area's annual Independence Day celebration. For this community, keeping waterways free of litter is a top priority!
Welcome Beautification
Keep Pike County Beautiful volunteers recently gave the welcome sign of the town of Summit a facelift as part of the Great American Cleanup. Looks beautiful!

Keep America Beautiful Highlights KMB's Wildflower Project

Keep America Beautiful recently highlighted Wildflower Trails of Mississippi on their blog. KAB's Larry Kaufman writes: "After a year of working with many community partners and volunteers, the project is blooming, planting the seeds to ensure Mississippi residents and visitors to the Magnolia state -- as well as pollinators -- will appreciate the sights and smells of wildflowers. The project complements other KMB beautification initiatives throughout the state."

Check out the story.

Want to Learn More about Wildflowers?

Join us August 18 for our Wildflower Trails of Mississippi Field Day in Newton. We will discuss the establishment and maintenance of our wildflower seed mix and tour test plots. Lunch will be provided. The field day runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mississippi State University Extension Service’s Coastal Plains Experiment Station, located at 51 Plains Road in Newton.

Please RSVP by August 15 at

Learn more on Wildflower Trails of Mississippi's website.
Blooms Everywhere!
One of our wildflower plantings along U.S. 49 in Simpson County is boasting some beautiful colors!
  • August 15, Annual Reports Due!
  • August 18, Wildflower Trails of Mississippi Field Day: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Newton. Learn more.
  • September 17, Keep Corinth-Alcorn Beautiful’s Household Hazardous Waste Day: 2016 Household Hazardous Waste Day is a one-day event paid for in part by a grant from MDEQ for residents of Alcorn County. Learn more.
  • October 13-14, Keep Mississippi/Alabama Beautiful Meeting: The 2016 join meeting will be held in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Learn more.
  • April 6, Annual Awards Program: 11:30 a.m. at Country Club of Jackson.
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