Mecklenburg County’s efforts to reduce litter and increase recycling awareness have garnered national recognition.

Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful, a division of Mecklenburg County Solid Waste Services, has earned the 2009 President’s Circle Recognition Award from Keep America Beautiful, KMB’s parent organization.

The President’s Circle award goes to Keep America Beautiful affiliates that promote community beautification by tuning in to the community’s individual needs, maintaining an active advisory council, participating in training opportunities and upholding high standards of accountability to the national organization.

Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful’s efforts include:

● Its tailgate recycling program, a community partnership that encourages Panthers fans to recycle cans and bottles before heading into the stadium. More than 20 tons of recyclable materials have been collected so far this season.

● Recycle and Win, the recycling promotion in Mecklenburg County that rewards residents for proper recycling. Winners receive a $50 gift card to Harris Teeter. The program is sponsored by Coca-Cola.

● Swat a Litterbug, which encourages residents to report littering as they see it happen by calling a County hot line. Litterbugs receive a gentle reminder in the mail that littering is illegal. For more information, go to

“Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful is striving to get the environmental message out there so that we can make a difference in our own back yard,” says Jake Wilson, executive director of Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful.

Keep America Beautiful Inc. is the nation’s largest volunteer-based community improvement and education organization. Participating organizations engage citizens to prevent litter and reduce waste through reuse and recycling. Millions participate annually in programs to clean up and beautify their neighborhoods. To learn more about Keep America Beautiful, visit

Since 2003, Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful has empowered residents of Mecklenburg County to take greater responsibility for enhancing their environment. To learn more about this and other waste reduction programs, go to

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