Saturday’s event kicked off the program, which will last through November 5. The KTB Fall Sweep supports the efforts of KTB affiliates, nonprofits, volunteers, corporations, youth groups and communities to organize fall cleanups. It also serves as the Ocean Conservancy’s Texas inland International Coastal Cleanup effort. Union Pacific and H-E-B generously sponsored the program.
Keep San Marcos Beautiful and the City of San Marcos hosted this inaugural cleanup in conjunction with Keep Texas Beautiful. Keep San Marcos Beautiful organized cleanups at 40+ sites with more than 300 volunteers. Activities kicked off at the City Rec Hall at a zero-waste event that included students, families, community members and a welcome from Mayor John Thomaides and KTB Board member, Amy Reed.
“We were thrilled to have the opportunity to start our new fall cleanup series in San Marcos,” said Suzanne Kho, KTB’s Executive Director. “It was so inspiring to see the hundreds of volunteers who came out to show that they care about their community and keeping litter out of their public spaces and the beautiful San Marcos River.”
Cleanups will continue to take place across the state during the duration of the program as volunteers work to beautify parks and recreation areas, clean up watershed areas, and pick up litter in communities and school districts. KTB has provided participants with free cleanup supplies for their Fall Sweep events including a planning toolkit and other resources to ensure successful cleanup events.
Individuals and community groups looking to volunteer should contact their local affiliate for cleanup details. Please visit ktb.org/fallsweep for more information.