Keep Bastrop County Beautiful
In January of 2009, two like-minded people who wanted to get something done about the lack of a systematic recycling program in Bastrop County joined together. They talked with the county judge, commissioners, LCRA, BISD, friends of recycling, contacted Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) and soon the first meeting was scheduled for June 2009. By the second meeting, Keep Bastrop County Beautiful (KBCB) was formed.
To inspire individuals and businesses to improve their communities and the natural environment.
To make Bastrop County a clean and beautiful county in which to live, work and visit and to support environmental and conservation initiatives.
The goals of Keep Bastrop County Beautiful, a non-profit community 501 (c) (3) organization are:
- Litter prevention
- Waste reduction
Achievements since inception:
- Helped coordinate a recycling program in our BISD-Cedar Creek schools and is gaining momentum throughout the county.
- Through the efforts of Lone Star Disposal, we now have curbside recycling in over 14 areas of the county and 3 additional companies are now offering the same service.
- We’ve built partnerships with other organizations just to name a few: Keep Smithville Beautiful, City of Smithville, City of Bastrop, LCRA, HEB, Bastrop Downtown Business Alliance and Mainstreet, Allied Waste and Balcones Resources, BISD and SISD.
- In addition, we are a GOLD Star Affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful
- During the holiday season, KBCB sponsored the FestiviTREES contest in downtown Bastrop in which 22 businesses participated by creating recycled Christmas Trees. Customers voted for their favorite trees and entered a drawing to win gift baskets.
- For the third year provided a drop off location for recycling live Christmas Trees and an opportunity to pick up mulch for your landscaping.
- Received a grant for the third year from HEB to create a Recycle More Art Contest in Smithville ISD and ElginISD in which over 225 students in seven schools participated.
- Established a Cleanup Brigade in the early spring of 2011 which has picked up over 700 pounds of litter in only six hours in the City of Bastrop.
- Keep Bastrop Beautiful has a solid board of directors, most of who hold full time jobs and still find this endeavor important enough to volunteer.
- In June 2012, KBCB sponsored the Heart of Texas Green Expo where 1500 people werr offered options for sustainability, conservation and beautification.
Keep Bastrop County Beautiful is a nonprofit, 501(c)3, organization dedicated to inspire all to improve their community and the natural environment. All donations are tax deductible. KBCB is a GOLD affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful.