Every April, Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) hosts a cleanup in conjunction with Keep Texas Beautiful’s “Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off.” Affiliates in communities all across Texas held their own cleanups on the same day as part of the state’s signature event for the nationwide “Great American Cleanup.”
KIB’s 2016 event was held Saturday, April 9 at Trinity View Park, and drew 215 volunteers (151 adults and 64 youth) who gave 645 hours in collecting 2,140 pounds of trash and 520 pounds of recyclable materials. The groups spread out across the park - along creek beds, tree lines and wooded areas - collecting litter that had been washed into this low-lying area. Through their efforts, volunteers prevented the trash from getting to the Elm Fork of the Trinity River, which forms the eastern border of the park.
Following the cleanup, volunteers were treated to a lunch prepared by volunteers from the City of Irving’s Planning and Community Development Department. Many of them also took advantage of the free blood pressure screenings offered by North Lake College nursing students, entered the prize drawings and visited the table hosted by local fossil expert Jon Halsey, a regular contributor to KIB cleanups.
“The Trash-Off is a great community-wide event that we look forward to every spring,” said KIB Board Member Scott Wilson. “We have hundreds of volunteers who all share the same passion for keeping their communities clean and litter-free, but they also are a part of a much bigger picture. Not only is Irving conducting a cleanup, but cities and towns all over Texas are hosting similar events as part of a state-wide effort. Those in turn are part of the Great American Cleanup, which brings millions of volunteers together in all parts of the country.”
Keep Irving Beautiful
... is a nonprofit, grassroots, leadership organization dedicated to educating our community about litter abatement, recycling and beautification in order to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of our city.
To find out how you can volunteer, call the KIB office at (972) 721-2175.