• KKB Taking It To The Streets With Nobody Trashes Tennessee Litter Prevention Prevention Projects

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    May 02, 2019
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    May 2, 2019
     
     
    CONTACT
    Robin Cleary, Director
    Keep Kingsport Beautiful
    423-392-8814
    Email:
    rcleary@kingsportchamber.org

     
     
    Keep Kingsport Beautiful
      Taking It To The Streets With
    Nobody Trashes Tennessee Litter Prevention Projects
     
    Kingsport, TN (May 2, 2019) – Keep Kingsport Beautiful recently received a $95,000 Special Litter Grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation to conduct a concentrated litter prevention program featuring TDOT’s “Nobody Trashes Tennessee”
    message.  KKB has several grant funded litter projects hitting the streets in coming weeks.
     
    KKB has partnered with Kingsport Public Works, Kingsport Farmers Market and Visit Kingsport to conduct an innovative anti-litter campaign in Kingsport and the surrounding area.  The grant will be funded over a two-year period.
     
    “KKB is dedicated to making Kingsport a cleaner, greener, more beautiful place to live work and play,” says Robin Cleary, director of Keep Kingsport Beautiful.  “We are elated to have been awarded one of the very competitive TDOT Special Litter Grants.
     These funds will go back out into the Kingsport community 100 percent through programs to educate our citizens on the importance of not littering and recycling.  TDOT spends $15 million a year on litter cleanup along state roadways and interstates.
     The City of Kingsport spent more than $108,000 last year in litter pickup.  Statewide, 72% of our litter is considered negligent litter, which includes debris and trash flying out of uncovered truck beds.  28% of our litter is intentional litter, meaning that
    it is being thrown right out of vehicles.  This is unacceptable and entirely preventable.” 
     
    “Kingsport has a long history of commitment to maintaining and beautifying our public green spaces and roadways.  Projects from this grant will continue that commitment by educating the public on the cost of litter to our community and state,”
    says Kingsport Mayor John Clark.
     
    The grant funded programs developed by KKB and Kingsport Public Works include:
                -Kingsport Public Works vehicles wrapped with “Nobody Trashes Tennessee” branding.
                -Clean Out Your Car event with Visit Kingsport at the I-26 Welcome Center
                -Providing Kingsport Farmers Market vendors with paper bags, in place of plastic, for customer
                    purchases.  Providing market customers with reusable shopping bags.
                  -Purchase of 80 special events recycling receptacles to increase recycling rates at public events.
                -Cover Your Load events at the Kingsport Landfill to bring awareness to litter law enforcement and
                    Tennessee’s Litter Law TCA 39-14-507.
     
     
    About Keep Kingsport Beautiful
    Keep Kingsport Beautiful is a partnership of the Kingsport Chamber and the City of Kingsport.  A volunteer supported program   An affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Tennessee Beautiful, the program has won more than 70 national, state and environmental awards.  To learn how you can donate or volunteer, visit www.kingsportchamber.org or like us on Facebook.
     
    About the Kingsport Chamber
    The Kingsport Chamber is composed of two non-profit organizations:  the Kingsport Chamber Foundation (501(c)(3)) and Kingsport Chamber of Commerce (501(c)(6)). 
     
    The Kingsport Chamber Foundation manages, promotes, supports and assists a number of charitable, educational, environmental, leadership, quality of life and wellness programs that have a tremendous impact on the Kingsport community.
     
    Programs of the Kingsport Chamber Foundation include:  Communications & Development; Downtown Concert Series; Education & Workforce Development; Fun Fest; Healthy Kingsport; Keep Kingsport Beautiful; Kingsport Leadership Programs (Leadership Kingsport and S.H.O.U.T.!® Youth Leadership); Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE); Move to Kingsport; Santa Train; STREAMWORKS; Tennessee/Virginia Scholars; and Visit Kingsport.
     
    The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to utilize resources and focus efforts on enhancing a strong and viable business environment for the Kingsport area. 
     
    Programs of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce include:  Communications & Development; Government Relations; and Membership.  The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce has nearly 1,000 members.
     
    For more information on the Kingsport Chamber, go to KingsportChamber.org or call (423) 392-8800.  We’re social too; follow us on our Facebook page, Your Kingsport Chamber, and on our Twitter account, @kptchamber.
     
    About the City of Kingsport
    Founded in 1917, the City of Kingsport (pop. 53,000) is located on the Tennessee-Virginia border at the crossroads of I-81 and I-26 near the geographic center of the eastern U.S.  The city is widely known as a planned community, designed by renowned city planner John Nolen and wrapping around the foot of Bays Mountain – a 3,500 acre park, nature preserve, planetarium and observatory.  Kingsport is recognized as an International Safe Community by the National Safety Council, a Healthier Tennessee community, and won the 2009 Harvard Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiatives.  While many city names are duplicated throughout the U.S., there’s only one Kingsport – a fact that invokes community pride, known locally as the “Kingsport Spirit.”
     
    About the Kingsport Farmers Market
    The Kingsport Farmers Market, part of the City of Kingsport, manages the weekly markets at the Kingsport Farmers Market facility. The Kingsport Farmers Market’s mission is to provide a vibrant, diverse market place for local and regional farmers and artisans to sell their products to the Kingsport community.
     
    About Visit Kingsport
    Visit Kingsport provides first-class destination marketing and organization expertise in attracting and welcoming visitors, events,
    Groups and residents that builds economic prosperity through increased employment, tax revenues and relocations.
     
     
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