County wins litter grant

Published 10:22 am Friday, August 4, 2017

Keep Virginia Beautiful recently announced its “30 Grants in Thirty Days” recipients for 2017, and among them is Isle of Wight County. The Public Works Department received $1,000 for its Litter Prevention Project.

Mark Wilson, director, confirmed that the department will organize bi-monthly roadside cleanups for throughout the county.

Funds will be used from the grant award to purchase gloves, bags, grippers, vests, and hand sanitizer for all volunteers who come to the cleanup. They also plan to create educational materials describing the negative impacts that littering has on a community.

This year, KVB awarded 35 grants in the amounts of $500 to $2,000. These grants were given to schools, parks, counties and towns, environmental groups, associations and Keep America Beautiful affiliates in four different categories: Litter Prevention, Recycling, Cigarette Litter Prevention and Community Beautification.

Since 2011, Keep Virginia Beautiful has provided $178,000 for 230 different projects throughout the state. We appreciate to the generosity of our 2017 partners at Altria, Keep America Beautiful, and the Deep Run High School Marathon Dance.

The mission at Keep Virginia Beautiful is to engage and unite Virginians to improve our natural and scenic environment through five impact areas: Litter Prevention, Waste Reduction, Recycling, Beautification, and Environmental Education. Please see the attachment with each of the winner’s links to their project description.

For more information on KVB, visit www.keepvirginiabeautiful or contact Mike Baum, executive director, at 804-562-7144.

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