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Keep Durham Beautiful Tours Recycling Center for America Recycles Day

Recycling Tour
On Tuesday, November 15th, we celebrated America Recycles Day (ARD), a day where we commit ourselves to and encourage others to recycle. To help get people excited about recycling, we partnered with the City of Durham Solid Waste department to take 20 Durhamites on a tour of the Sonoco Recycling Center in North Raleigh to learn what happens to our recyclables after they are picked up from our curbs.

To hear more about the tour and what we all learned at the Materials Recovery Facility or MRF (pronounced MURF), check out the pictures and blog written by our Communications Intern, Josh.

Have questions about what items are recyclable? Check out these helpful guides:
Durham County Recyclables List
City of Durham Recyclables List

East Durham Children Help Pollinators while Learning about Food Production

Pollinator Education
This fall, Keep Durham Beautiful partnered with East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI) to educate East Durham 4th and 5th graders about the importance of pollinators. These young students are enrolled in the East Durham Youth Health Leadership Council (YLC) Program.

One topic that interested the students at EDCI was the connection between pollinators and food. At Keep Durham Beautiful, we found this to be an excellent opportunity to educate these young leaders about the relationship between pollinators and our current food system. Pollinators help plants to reproduce by carrying pollen from one plant to the other. It’s crucial to understand the process of how a berry becomes a berry (just to name a beloved fruit) and the key role pollinators play in that process. Experts calculate that pollinators are responsible for 1 out of 3 mouthfuls of drink or food that Americans consume.

The children learned that populations of pollinators, in particular bees, have been in decline in recent years due to pesticide use and habitat loss. However, as gloomy as that may be, we wanted to remind the kids that they play a vital role in helping to protect our pollen-loving friends! The youngsters learned that they can help raise awareness, advocate for pollinator-friendly gardens and habitat preservation, and decrease our use of pesticides.

To learn more about what the YLC students learned and how they advocated for pollinators, you can read the full blog piece written by our AmeriCorps member, Monica here.
Tree Giveaway
Give Thanks:
2016 Keep Durham Beautiful Tree Giveaway & Food Drive
Saturday, December 3, 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 in December.

On December 3, bring a healthy food item for our 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:

Volunteer Spotlight

Meet Josh Ebert, our Communications Intern for Keep Durham Beautiful! Josh has dedicated over 120 hours of his time over the last 6 months to growing our social media presence (twitter, instagram and facebook), helping out at volunteer events, and compiling our monthly volunteer newsletter. Josh is currently finishing up his senior year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he studies Public Relations. He is passionate about outdoor recreation and preserving the environment for everyone’s benefit. He hopes to work in the outdoor industry, encouraging people to go on adventures and experience the natural world. We have loved having Josh on our KDB team and we're thankful for his enthusiasm, dedication, and great ideas!

December Events & Volunteer Opportunities 

Duke Park Tree Planting

Saturday, December 17, 2016
Duke Park (106 W. Knox Street)

Sign up to volunteer here!

Green Apple Day of Service Orchard Planting

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
8am-11am and 12-3pm
Lunch will be provided for all volunteers
Sign up to volunteer here!
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 route clean and beautiful for everyone to enjoy! All ages welcome.

Register to volunteer for the parade at:  

We want to thank everyone for all the support you have given us over the year. Looking back at 2016 we have accomplished a lot, but none of it would have been possible without you. We look forward to all we will do together in 2017. One way you can support our mission is through a tax-deductible donation. For more information visit our donation page.
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