Keep Marietta Beautiful's mission is to generate an environmental pride and a sense of ownership within the Marietta community. We believe the appearance of a city affects its residents and whether businesses and new residents decide to locate here. Where there is litter and graffiti, people will not come. That includes tourists. And where there's litter and graffiti, studies show us that crime, litter and graffiti go hand-in-hand.
Our work is integrated with the missions of law enforcement and economic development. When residents feel they are part of a community, they take pride in what's around them and how things look. They won't throw trash out the window in their own neighborhoods when they feel that sense of ownership.
As your local affiliate for Keep America Beautiful, we work to implement their three core goals: litter prevention, beautification and waste reduction. Over the past year, here is how we have done that:
- More than 1,000 citizens volunteered more than 3,100 hours for activities like Love the Loop, neighborhood cleanups, a Chattahoochee River cleanup, Adopt-A-Mile, electronics recycling and other activities to make your city a better place to live.
- With our coordination, residents recycled almost 7,000 tons of paper, yard clippings, glass and plastic.
- Programs throughout the year help educate community members on recycling, water conservation, trees, environmental preservation and the effects of littering.
- In addition to all this, we also conducted eight litter-free events, compiled the city's litter index, coordinated the Great American Cleanup and worked with the Marietta Police Department to clean up graffiti in the city.
In addition to our wonderful volunteers and community and business partners, Keep Marietta Beautiful is led by an advisory board. This is a group of dedicated city residents and business partners who truly care about their community. They work very quietly behind the scenes to organize our many projects.