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March 5, 2014

KMBB broadening chapter cleanup and education goals

MILLEDGEVILLE — Two community cleanup days at the Baldwin County Airport and Industrial Park corridors were successful for the re-engaged Keep Milledgeville-Baldwin Beautiful (KMBB) chapter.

KMBB Executive Director Andrew Davis said the opening projects cleaned up areas that are often “the first impression people have of Baldwin County.” Trash bags filled two truck beds each occasion.

With the support of the local Young Professionals, KMBB restarted as an affiliate of the nationwide program Keep America Beautiful trying to keep Milledgeville and Baldwin County beautiful through various programs, events and community activities. 

The third cleanup day, scheduled for Saturday, covers South Wayne Street up Swint Avenue toward Central State Hospital. The chapter recently adopted the CSH Pecan Grove as part of its community cleanup goals. 

Davis said KMBB is hoping to move into more residential and business areas for the monthly projects to make their presence known.

KMBB Facebook followers requested a Southside Milledgeville cleanup. 

“We invite folks to give us ideas about areas around the county that might need some attention,” the KMBB director said. “In one case, we literally pick up trash and make it better, but we also draw attention to it, which is a big part. Awareness and education is really the linchpin of our organization. If people see us picking up trash, then they are probably less likely to toss trash out there.”

Georgia Military College cadets are partnering with KMBB for March’s project.

The group has a 13-member board structure.

A certified Keep America Beautiful trainer worked with the local chapter in January. Board members learned proper structure and affiliate regulation together with programs to fit Milledgeville’s needs.

KMBB is working on a Baldwin County litter index. 

The affiliate broke the community into four quadrants. Davis said the group will finish the index on the east side nearing Hancock County this week.

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