Keep America Beautiful

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Does Keep America Beautiful address all environmental issues or does it focus on specific issues?

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Keep America Beautiful has three primary areas of focus: litter reduction, recycling and waste minimization, and beautification and community greening.

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Litter reduction is understandable. What is meant by waste minimization?

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Keep America Beautiful, with other environmental advocacy organizations, uses the phrase “reduce, reuse and recycle” when addressing waste minimization. Additionally, Keep America Beautiful encourages the formation of coalitions and partnerships in communities to maximize the impact of all best practices.

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Is there a Keep America Beautiful affiliate in my community?

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Keep America Beautiful has a strong network of affiliates around the country.  For a complete listing of all KAB affiliates by state, click here.

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If there is not a Keep America Beautiful affiliate near me, how can my community become one?

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For complete details on how to become a Keep America Beautiful affiliate, click here.

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What is Sustainable Community Improvement and Beautification?

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Sustainable Community Improvement and Beautification addresses the cleanup/fix up initiatives adopted in any community. This may include Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup or America Recycles Day. Keep America Beautiful knows how challenging it is to bring together volunteers for these efforts. In some communities, beautification efforts by volunteers convert blighted empty lots into beautiful, friendly parks. We encourage communities to establish partnerships of volunteers, local government and business leaders charged with sustaining changes and improvements.

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How can I become a financial supporter of Keep America Beautiful or make a contribution to help?

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To make an online donation, click here.

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How can my community get involved in the Great American Cleanup™?

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For all the information you need to take part in the Great American Cleanup™, click here.

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As a small business owner/manager, how can I learn more about waste reduction and litter prevention?

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Read about Keep America Beautiful's Waste in the Workplace, which will guide commercial waste management, identifying recyclables and more.

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How can I find out more about recycling?

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Read about Keep America Beautiful's Close the Loop recycling program, a national partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) aimed at educating consumers on the environmental benefits of purchasing recycled and recyclable products. Or call our Washington, D.C., staff, experts in the arena of recycling.

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How can I learn more about classroom and other education programs, or teacher training workshops?

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Teacher training sessions are coordinated by certified Keep America Beautiful state or local affiliates.  Click here to find out more.

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How can I find out more about graffiti eradication?

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KAB's Graffiti Hurts program is the place to start. Go to the Graffiti Hurts Web site for more information.

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Is there information readily available about how to deal with cigarette litter?

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Cigarette butts are, by far, the most littered item in America. Keep America Beautiful's Cigarette Litter Prevention Program is the most comprehensive resource for reducing cigarette litter. Click here to learn more.

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Does Keep America Beautiful have a program that addresses litter measurement within a specific area or areas?

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Keep America Beautiful's Litter Index is a step-by-step method of assessing current litter conditions in your community. For more information about this program, click here.

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How can my company or foundation become a sustaining member of Keep America Beautiful?

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For information on how to become a sustaining member and to see a list of Keep America Beautiful's supporting organizations and sponsors, click here.

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How can I get a videotape of the famous “Crying Indian” television public service announcement?

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The Iron Eyes Cody "Crying Indian" campaign is available on VHS and Beta tapes, and on DVD. Each contains the original 1971 PSA and the 1998 updated version are available for purchase. For more information about purchasing PSAs, click here.