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Volunteers Pick Up Over 12,000 lbs of Litter During Durham Big Sweep 2016

What happens when 583 volunteers join together to help clean up the community? You get a cleaner and a more beautiful Durham! Volunteers removed over 12,600-pounds of litter from our streams, streets, and parks as part of this year's Durham Big Sweep. 

Ensuring that Durham green spaces were clean and healthy and wading into streams and rivers to pull out all the debris that had washed into our waterways, our dedicated volunteers who participated in this year's Big Sweep were nothing short of inspiring. These volunteer efforts significantly impact community appearance, water quality, and the health of our ecosystem.

Together with our partners, The City of Durham Stormwater Services and the Durham Soil and Water Conservation District, we would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped make Big Sweep such a success. We would also like to give a shout out to the City of Durham's Neighborhood Improvement Services and Durham County Government General Services for their support properly disposing of all the trash and recyclables collected by volunteers. 

Want to get involved? Consider participating in our Adopt-A-Stop or Adopt-A-Street programs or contact us about volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups.
Tree Giveaway
Give Thanks:
2016 Keep Durham Beautiful Tree Giveaway & Food Drive
Saturday, November 19, 2016 | 10 am -12 pm
Durham Farmer's Market (501 Foster Street)

Help spread the love for trees by joining us for our 2016 Tree Giveaway. Thanks to a generous donation from Alliance for Community Trees, we will be handing out 300 trees for Durham County residents this November.

Bring a healthy food item for the food drive and receive a free tree! Trees are available first-come, first-serve so make sure to pre-register online to reserve your favorite tree species. For more information on available species, acceptable items for the food drive, and registration, visit: www.keepdurhambeautiful.org/treegiveaway2016

We're Hiring! Seeking Durham Pollinator Advocates

We are currently seeking applicants for a part-time temporary program coordinator to help with our Healthy Bee, Healthy Me (HBHM) Pollinator Garden Program! Please help spread the word. Individuals interested in joining our efforts to increase pollinator habitat throughout Durham County and with an interest in program management are encouraged to apply for this position which will run November 2016- July 2017. For a full position description, see: Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Pollinator Garden Program Coordinator Position Description.

Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight


Among our most consistent and helpful volunteers is Ryan Draper (pictured center). Ryan has been volunteering with Keep Durham Beautiful since January 2016. In the past 10 months, he has donated nearly 60 hours of his time in our office helping with data management and record keeping. Many of our volunteers now receive our monthly newsletter thanks to Ryan’s diligent efforts!
America Recycles Day
America Recycles Day
November 15, 2016


Recycling has slowly become more ubiquitous in our culture since the 1960's thanks to youth education programs, awareness campaigns and curbside recycling that have all helped improve recycling participation. However, only approximately 34% of Americans recycle on a regular basis, suggesting we still have a lot of work to do. In honor of America Recycles Day this November, we are asking people to take the pledge to recycle and learn more about recycling. 

For more information about how you can increase recycling at home, work, and throughout the community and to take the pledge visit: www.americarecyclesday.org.
Halloween Cankerworm Tree Banding
Costumed heroes protect Durham from villainous cankerworms!
On Halloween, Keep Durham Beautiful volunteers took to the street to protect our trees from the damaging effect of cankerworms. These heroes spent the afternoon walking up and down Trinity Avenue banding trees to help stop cankerworms in their tracks - in costume, of course!

Learn how to protect trees in your neighborhood from cankerworms at Trees Across Durham. With a how-to video, library check-out kits, and educational literature on cankerworms - you too can become a tree hero this fall!
Durham Holiday Parade
2016 Durham Holiday Parade
Saturday, December 10, 2016 
Meet at 9 am, Parade starts at 10 am
CCB Plaza (E Chapel Hill and Corcoran St)

Join us for the Durham Holiday Parade! We will be the “caboose” for the parade, following the rest of the floats with the KDB truck picking up trash and recyclables.  

Let’s celebrate the holiday season and help keep the parade clean and beautiful for everyone to enjoy!

Register to volunteer for the parade at: http://keepdurhambeautiful.org/event/3400/  

Events & Volunteer Opportunities from Our Community Partners:

GreenToGo
GreenToGo Kickstarter
Don't Waste Durham

November 2016

Help bring GreenToGo (formerly GreenBox), an innovative reusable takeout container service to Durham!

There are 34 days left to join Don't Waste Durham's Kickstarter project to raise the initial startup costs for the program.These boxes are going to be the hottest trend in dining to hit Durham in 2017. So don't be caught out on the town without one!

The GreenToGo boxes allow you to take leftover food away from restaurants without generating unnecessary waste for the landfill. In Durham we can't recycle the styrofoam containers typical of takeaway boxes so they end up in the general garbage, taking up approximately 30% of landfill space and taking over 500 years to break down.

For more information and to order yours, please visit the GreenToGo Kickstarter.
Tree Pruning 101 Workshop
Pruning 101 Workshop
November 5, 2016 | 10am - 12pm
Walltown Park (1300 block of W. Club, Durham)


Come learn from Urban Forestry Manager, Alex Johnson, as he gives a hands-on workshop on tree pruning. He will show you the proper way to manage your trees without harming them. Please sign up for the event here.
E-Waste and Paper Shredding
November 5, 2016 | 8am - 2pm
Durham County Memorial Stadium (750 Stadium Drive, Durham)


Stop by and drop off old electronics and get old documents shredded for free. This is a great way to safely dispose of that old computer sitting in the closet and recycle confidential documents in a secure manner. This event is free for all Durham residents and businesses.

For more information about acceptable items, visit: event here.
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