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As an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Keep Alachua County Beautiful believes that each of us holds an obligation to preserve and protect our environment. Through our everyday choices and actions we collectively have a huge impact on our world. It's really a simple concept, but one with far reaching effects.

Keep America Beautiful follows a practical approach uniting citizens, businesses and the government to find solutions that advance our core issues of preventing litter, reducing waste and beautifying communities. 

 

Announcements

 Zero Waste Initiative

At the Joint Gainesville City Commission / Alachua County Board of County Commission Meeting, staff from both agencies presented the Zero Waste Initiative. At this meeting, the Zero Waste Website was introduded. At the website, you can sign up for notifications or upcoming meetings, more information, etc. 

Link to the site: http://www.zerowastegac.com/.

How to Create an Award-Winning Yard Even When You're Busy

During warm weather, there’s no better place to be than your own backyard — especially if you’re firing up the grill with friends and loved ones. But between work, family, and your social life, it’s possible that you don’t think there are enough hours in the day to make your outdoor space shine. However, if you’re willing to put in a little legwork, you can create an award-winning yard that will practically maintain itself so you can go on living your busy life. The sooner you get the job done, the faster you can start enjoying your green oasis.

Go the Low-Maintenance Route

 When considering a design for your landscaping, don’t overcomplicate things. You need not replicate the gardens of Versailles to create an impact, so avoid designing beds with sharp curves or edges as they are extremely difficult to mow and require extra work with a trimmer. Opt for low-maintenance shrubs such as Candy Oh rose bushes, gold mound spirea, summerific hearty hibiscus, oakleaf hydrangea, blue star juniper, and moonshadow euonymus, as they are easy to maintain yet they look beautiful.

 Mulch beds are a worthwhile investment because they fertilize plants, prevent weeds, and don’t need to be mowed. Consider replacing some areas of grass with mulch.

 Create an Outdoor Living Space

 Create an extension of your living room with an outdoor space for entertaining and relaxing. Such an addition reduces maintenance because you’ll have fewer grassy areas to tend to. There are many different directions you can go depending on your budget, but the important considerations are that you have some way of escaping the sun if need be, comfortable furniture, a good working space for a grill, close access to the house (you don’t want to be running halfway across the yard to get to the kitchen), and lighting for nighttime. Flanking the space with landscaping is a perfect way to enjoy the fruits of your labor 

 Maintain Your Landscaping

 In order to have a low-maintenance yard, you to keep up with it, as there’s no escaping the basics no matter what type of landscaping you have. Once things get out of hand, it can take a dubious effort to get things back to square one, so make a checklist to prioritize. Regular tasks should include mowing (but don’t cut the grass too short), weeding, mulching, fertilizing, and tree and hedge trimming. It’s a good idea to slate an annual spring cleaning every year to take care of things such as the gutters and any replanting.

 Install a Watering System

 Watering is the key to any beautiful yard, but standing outside with a garden hose is usually not top of mind for anyone with a busy schedule. Instead, install an in-ground sprinkler system to do the job for you. Not only is this style of sprinkler discreet, but it also turns off on a timer, thus reducing water waste. Another major benefit is even water distribution, so there’s no need to babysit. An irrigation system is another method if you wish to go the more sustainable route, but it can be complicated to do yourself, so you may want to consider hiring a pro.

 Make sure you have a plan of action before creating your green space. If you don’t inherently have a green thumb, don’t be afraid to ask an expert at your local nursery or garden shop for advice. The last thing you want to do is to get in over your head with a tedious landscaping method or high-maintenance shrub, as the ultimate goal is being able to spend as much time enjoying — not working in — your yard as possible.

 Photo Credit: Pixabay

 

Upcoming Events

Recycling Workshop to be held at Bealls Corporate Headquarters

 The Florida Recycling Partnership will host a Recycling Workshop for Retailers at Bealls Corporate Headquarters onFriday, August 24in Bradenton, FL. This one-day workshop will feature speakers from top Florida businesses sharing how recycling works for their company and why it is important to them and their customers.   

 A panel consisting of representatives from Publix Super Markets, Inc., Bealls and Rooms-To-Go will talk about how they started their recycling programs and some of the challenges they face.  Steve Lezman, PepsiCo Sr. Director Government Affairs will serve as moderator.

 After a networking lunch, there will be a discussion on state preemptions and how they affect the retail industry featuring panelists from the Florida Retail Federation and retailers. 

 Shari Jackson from the American Chemistry Council (ACC) will talk about the new Wrap Recycling Action Program (WRAP) that will be debuting in Florida later this year.  The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and the ACC have formed a public-private partnership designed to increase opportunities for recycling plastic wrap, bags and film.  The new WRAP partnership also includes Publix Super Markets, additional retailers, municipalities, Waste Management, Inc. of Florida and the Florida Recycling Partnership.   

 Later in the afternoon, attendees will learn how old fixtures, furniture and equipment can have a new life thanks to Goodwill Industries.

 Additional speakers will be announced soon.

 Registration fee is $75 and includes workshop sessions, buffet lunch and refreshments.  To registerhttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/recycling-workshop-for-retailers-at-bealls-tickets-48344653159

For more information, go to www.flrecycling.org or contact Keyna Cory at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 



 Great news! Grow Hub Gainesville is now open for business.

They have a huge selection of landscaping plants and vegetables. They have a wide selection of pollinator attracting plants, sweet and hot peppers, everglades tomatoes and much more! 

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Grow Hub Gainesville is open from 8AM-6PM everyday and the proceeds benefit the special needs workers that keep the nursery running and looking beautiful!

 

Grow Hub Gainesville is located at 2900 NE 8th avenue Gainesville, Florida

Click here for Directions 

For more information visit their website https://www.grow-hub.org 

or follow them on Facebook Grow Hub

 

 


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            The Drive It Home campaign is funded by a grant to
             Keep Alachua County Beautiful from the State of Florida. 

   download.png                     Rick Scott, 45th Governor of Florida

   www.myflorida.com      Carlos Lopez-Cantera, 19th Lt. Governor of Florida                                                                                            

The Florida Department of Transportation has a new and exciting campaign that KACB will be helping out with in 2015. The Drive It Home campaign aims to "Keep Our Paradise Litter-Free" and focuses on reducing roadside litter, much of which can create dangerous driving conditions.

Did you know that more than 25,000 accidents are caused by vehicle-related road debris each year in the U.S.? (FDOT)

Let's help to reduce those numbers and keep our county clean, too!

Ways You Can Help

    • Dispose of trash in its proper receptacles
    • Keep a bag for trash in your car
    • Refrain from throwing trash out of the car window
    • Secure your load when you carry trash or loose items in or on your vehicle

Adopt-A-Highway Program

To learn more, please visit http://www.dot.state.fl.us/statemaintenanceoffice/aah.shtm.

Litter-Hotline number: 1-800-BAN-LIFT(er) /1-800-226-5488

Stay tuned for more information, or visit http://www.cleanflroads.com.

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