Be the Change in Your Community
Keep Nassau Beautiful is working to make every beach, park, playground and public space a clean and safe area for our community. We invite you to help us make Nassau County a green and beautiful place to live.
It’s so easy to get involved. Just look at how these small changes can lead to big results.
Don’t forget to check out our Volunteer Page. We are always looking for individuals and groups to help us with beach cleanup events, recycling efforts and other fun activities.
Make an impact in your local environment by shopping with AmazonSmile. When you select Keep Nassau Beautiful as your charity, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases directly to Keep Nassau Beautiful to lead conversation and recycle efforts in your local community.
The average American produces 4.4 pounds of trash each day. You can do your part to reduce landfill waste and keep our community cleaner by choosing to recycle. All it takes is the desire to change and a little effort. Start by downloading our “What Can I Recycle?” flier and check out these other helpful resources provided by Keep America Beautiful.
- Play the “Super Sorter” Game
- Check Out Some Community Recycling Ideas
- Educate Yourself About Recycling Myths
- Enjoy the Video I just want to be recycled
- Participate in One of Our Upcoming Recycling Events!
The best way to reduce litter and waste is to not make more of it. You can do this by purchasing items you can reuse at home, school or work. If you find you no longer need an item, consider donating it to someone else or up-cycling it before you toss it in the trash. For example, instead of using plastic bags at the grocery store and other retailers, bring along reusable bags when you shop. The average family goes through 1,500 plastic bags a year, so this simple change could make a big impact!
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Another easy way to help the environment is to look for ways to reduce waste and toxins in your community.
- Buy in bulk instead of individual packages. It not only saves money, but you can also place items (such as juice and snacks) into reusable containers to reduce waste.
- Compost yard waste and food items.
- Reduce paper waste by sending electronic documentation whenever possible.
- Choose products made from plant-based materials, such as citrus and pine oils.
- Use recycled products whenever possible.
Give your trash new life! Empty water bottles, toilet paper rolls, and even old clothing can be transformed into something beautiful and useful. Need some ideas? Check out some of these helpful links:
- Reuse Plastic Bottles (via Pinterest)
- Creative Uses for Toilet Paper Rolls (via Google)
- Shoebox Crafts (via DIY & Crafts)
- Repurpose Cardboard Boxes (via Recycle Nation)
- Brilliant Ways to Reuse Baby Food Jars (via Yahoo!)
- New Uses for Magazines & Newspapers (via Buzzfeed)
Smart gardening will not only save you money, but will also help reduce waste in our community.
First, look into the various options for reducing your water waste. Set timers and adjust the flow of sprinkler systems to avoid using too much water, especially during the dry season. Another way to reduce water consumption is to reuse grey water (sink or tub water) or set up water barrels to harvest rain water. Drought-resistant plants will also reduce your overall water consumption in the garden.
Next, think of all of the ways you can reuse items in your garden. For example, return or reuse old plant pots. Use broken window blinds, used popsicle sticks or other waste items to make plant labels. When raking, pruning or harvesting, be sure to place yard waste in a compost pile.
Finally, don’t forget to share the wealth. Instead of throwing away excess food or flowers from your garden, share it with others; give neighbors fruit and vegetable baskets or drop of a bouquet of fresh blooms to a senior citizen center. You can also donate used garden tools to local organizations that may be able to use them.
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According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), food scraps and yard waste make up to 30% of what Americans throw away. Most of these items, if not all, can be reused through composting. Composting not only provides you with enriched soil for your yard, but also reduces your carbon footprint.
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Here’s a quick look at some of the items you can easily compost.
Veggie & Fruit Peels
Paper Coffee Filters
Vacuum Cleaner Contents
100% Cotton or Wool
Litter is not only ugly, it’s expensive to clean up and affects our quality of life here in Nassau County. You can do your part by reducing litter in your neighborhood and on the roadways. Not sure where to start? Check out our Adopt Program Brochure or download some of our free resources today!
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Education is the key to change. Keep Nassau Beautiful hosts workshops, provides real-world experiences, and offers a plethora of resources for individuals, schools and groups. We teach the importance of being good community stewards and why the preservation of our natural resources is essential for making Nassau County safe for generations to come. If you’d like to help educate others, please contact us for more information.
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