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Keep Kingsport Beautiful, city to target litter with $95K grant

Staff Report • Aug 26, 2018 at 5:30 PM

KINGSPORT — Keep Kingsport Beautiful will partner with the city on an anti-litter campaign thanks to a $95,000 Special Litter Grant KKB recently received from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

TDOT awarded a total of $1.5 million of competitive grant funding for community-based special litter projects across the state. Grant projects being sought included litter enforcement and tarp law efforts, litter-free and/or recycling public events, multijurisdictional collaborations, litter prevention campaigns and local efforts incorporating TDOT’s new “Nobody Trashes Tennessee” litter prevention campaign.

Keep Kingsport Beautiful will use funds from the TDOT Special Litter Grant to conduct a concentrated anti-litter campaign featuring TDOT’s “Nobody Trashes Tennessee” message. KKB will be partnering with Kingsport Public Works and the Kingsport Chamber to conduct a multlifaceted anti-litter campaign in Kingsport and the surrounding area.

“KKB is dedicated to making Kingsport a cleaner, greener, more beautiful place to live, work and play,” said Robin Cleary, director of Keep Kingsport Beautiful. “We are elated to have been awarded one of the very competitive TDOT Special Litter Grants. These funds will go back out into the Kingsport community 100 percent through programs to educate our citizens on the importance of not littering. At any given time, there are more than 100 million pieces of litter on Tennessee roadways.

“Seventy-two percent of our litter is considered negligent litter, which includes debris and trash flying out of uncovered truck beds. Twenty-eight percent of our litter is intentional litter, meaning that it is being thrown right out of vehicles. This is unacceptable and entirely preventable. It costs Tennessee taxpayers $15 million annually to pick up litter in our state. That is a cost carried by every single Tennessee resident.”

KKB has developed nine programs to be implemented during 2019-2010 that will be funded by the TDOT Special Litter Grant funds. The programs include a “Cover Your Load” project to be implemented at the Kingsport Landfill, a mobile special events litter and recycling trailer that will be loaned out for community use, purchase of special event recycling receptacles to be used at large-scale events such as Racks by the Tracks and Fun Fest, along with several other anti-litter projects.

Keep Kingsport Beautiful is a partnership of the Kingsport Chamber and the city of Kingsport. A volunteer-supported program, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Tennessee Beautiful, the program has won more than 70 national, state and environmental awards. To learn how you can donate or volunteer, visit www.kingsportchamber.org or like us on Facebook.

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