What is Litter?
According to Keep America Beautiful, litter is misplaced solid waste. That includes paper, cigarette butts, illegal signs, abandoned cars, old tires, furniture, appliances and any other items that are not disposed of properly. The State of Georgia spends about $17 million annually to cleanup roadside trash. Litter detracts from our county's beauty, decreases property values and, over tie, could affect economic development.
Why Do People Litter?
Keep America Beautiful, Inc. found that people litter for one of three reasons. People tend to feel it's ok to litter:
- Where they feel no sense of ownership for the property
- Where someone else will clean up after them
- Where litter has already accumulated
Where Does Litter Come From?
- Uncovered Vehicles
- Household Trash Handling
- Construction/Demolition Sites
- Commercial Refuse Sources
Keep DeKalb Beautiful plays a key role in preventing littering along county roads and public spaces. KDB is a member of the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, a certified Keep America Beautiful, Inc. affiliate and is dedicated to improving the look, vitality, and economic integrity of our community by beautifying surrounding areas. Neighborhoods that are beautiful to look at are beautiful to live in, work in, and visit. Community clean-ups, anti-littering messaging, planting trees and landscaping projects are completed by volunteer groups in order to create a more aesthetically pleasing County.
Keep DeKalb Beautiful offers several ways for groups and individuals to participate in improving our community. The following initiatives have an immediate, positive effect on how neighborhoods and communities are perceived.
Stormwater and Rain Barrels
If you are interested in volunteering, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 404-294-2010 with the following information:
- Your Availability (submit three possible dates to volunteer)
- Name of Your Organization
- Number of Volunteers (include ages of volunteers)
- Name of the Neighborhood Where You'd Like to Volunteer
Once we receive your email, we will confirm receipt and ask follow-up questions to determine an appropriate project for your group.