Tools & Tips for a Cleaner, Greener, Litter-Free Massachusetts
Tools & Tips for a Cleaner, Greener, Litter-Free Massachusetts

Massachusetts Beautification Bulletin | December 2021
Keep Massachusetts Beautiful
Dear Friend,
As 2021 draws to a close tomorrow, it's an appropriate time to reflect back on the past year and to look ahead to 2022. It's also a good time to resolve to do more to help make your community a cleaner, greener place to live, work, and play. Please scroll down for a recap of our recent Massachusetts Clean Community Awards and a peek at what's ahead in the New Year.  
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Congratulations to Our 2021 Clean Community Award Winners

Despite the many challenges posed by the pandemic in 2021, KMB volunteers, government leaders, and business partners achieved many successes this year. On December 2, we paused to honor 7 Massachusetts Clean Community Award winners, including:
If you were unable to join us on December 2, you can still bask in the glow of our award winners by watching our YouTube video.
Congratulations once again to our 2021 award winners and thanks for all you do!
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Great Massachusetts Cleanup
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Organize Now to Clean Up Your Community Next Spring 

With many people holed up at home for the holidays (or trying to avoid crowded Covid situations), now is a great time to start planning a Great Massachusetts Cleanup event in your community this spring. 

Every year, our 35 local KMB chapters, as well as other non-affiliated volunteer groups across Massachusetts, organize litter cleanups as part of the Great Massachusetts Cleanup. 

Great Massachusetts Cleanup events can be scheduled for any time of the year—including winter. Generally, early spring and late fall offer ideal litter-picking conditions, with comfortable temperatures and low vegetation. 

Getting an early start on your spring cleanup planning ensures you can attract as many volunteers as possible and make the biggest impact. To get started, access our comprehensive Guide to Organizing a Great Massachusetts Cleanup Event, register your event on our calendar, order supplies, and report your results by visiting

If you’d like to learn more about best practices for organizing a successful Great Massachusetts Cleanup event, register for our Zoom presentation on Thursday, January 27 at 7 p.m.
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Add Your Community to the KMB Family of Local Chapters in 2022 

Are you looking to make a meaningful difference in your community?

Make 2022 the year you launch a local KMB chapter in your community. With KMB’s proven programs and support, our 35 local chapters are mobilizing local volunteers, business owners, and government leaders to work together to reduce litter, reduce waste, improve recycling, and beautify public spaces. 

As a KMB chapter leader, you won’t be on your own. KMB provides hands-on support and guidance to help you achieve results over the long term, including:

  • Creation of your chapter logo, a dedicated chapter page on the KMB website, and ongoing support for your chapter's social media presence
  • Discounts on cleanup supplies, including trash grabber tools, vests, tee shirts, and gloves
  • Fundraising campaign support, including online donations through KMB’s website
  • Fiscal sponsorship services for fledgling nonprofits
  • Logistical and planning support for local Great Massachusetts Cleanup events
  • Public relations support
  • Liability insurance coverage
  • Eligibility to apply for an annual $500 Plant Something Bee-eautiful grant
  • KMB executive director attendance at one or more of your local chapter meetings each year
Contact us to arrange for a phone consultation or in-person meeting to discuss the benefits of launching a local Keep Massachusetts Beautiful chapter in your community.
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Recycling Tip of the Month: Learn About the Recycling Roadmap

Recycle Smart MA recently launched the Recycling Road Map, a new, interactive webpage that provides a peek behind the curtain to explain what really happens to your recycling here in Massachusetts.

From sorting recyclables and producing marketable commodities, to creating a "new" feedstock for manufacturing goods and returning those items to retailers, this page answers your recycling questions, including.
  • How does that jumble of cans, bottles, and paper in the recycling truck get separated?
  • Does anyone really use the materials I put in my recycling bin?
  • What do plastic milk and detergent bottles become in their next life?
Recycling is a vital part of a manufacturing supply chain that supports over 680,000 jobs and generates more than $37 billion in tax revenue each year. Learn more about how you can support this industry and our planet on The Recycling Road Map.  

If you have burning recycling questions, email MassDEP so they can make the Recycling Road Map page even better!
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Talking Trash & Recycling
Learn how to reduce, reuse & recycle better

Schedule Your 2022 Talking Trash & Recycling Presentations Now

Earth Day (or Earth Month) will be here sooner than you realize. Now is the time to schedule your free Talking Trash & Recycling presentation (live or via Zoom).

This 45-minute presentation is ideal for students, employees, or anyone who wants to learn how their individual actions can contribute to a cleaner, healthier environment. 

There is no charge for this presentation—the only requirement is a minimum audience of 20 people. Take advantage of this free educational resource to teach local residents, students, or your employees how to reduce waste and recycle better.

This project is funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
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Thank you for reading our newsletter and Happy New Year! Please contact me if I can answer any questions you may have about our programs, launching a local KMB chapter in your community, or sponsorship opportunities. 
Neil Rhein, Founder & Executive Director
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