The mission of Keep America Beautiful is “to inspire and educate people to take action everyday to improve and beautify their community.”

In 2020, we fulfilled our mission by hosting recycling events, city-wide and group clean-up events through our Adopt-A-Spot program and attending community events.

During 2020, we had 1,338 volunteers and staff throughout Nash and Edgecombe counties complete 2,815 hours of work. These volunteers and staff collected 14,225 pounds of litter and debris, cleaned and improved more than 12 miles of rivers, cleaned and improved 12,093 acres of parks, public lands, playgrounds and trails and planted 12,000 plants, shrubs, flowers and bulbs. This truly shows the love our residents have for their communities.

We held two recycling events in 2020, Nash County Recycles Day and America Recycles Day. During these events, we recycled 19,695 pounds of paper and 7,600 pounds of electronics. We properly disposed of 14,196 pounds of household hazardous waste.

These events are always a huge success, and we are planning on having them again in 2021. The dates will be:

  • March 6: Nash County Recycles Day at the Nash County Courthouse parking lot in Nashville.
  • April 10: Edgecombe County Recycles Day at the Edgecombe County Administrative building parking lot in Tarboro.
  • Nov. 13: America Recycles Day in the JCPenney parking lot at Golden East Crossing mall.

All events are held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and we accept documents/paper for shredding (Shred It will be onsite), prescription medications, electronics, cardboard and fluorescent light bulbs. Household hazardous waste will be accepted at our America Recycles Event only.

These events are made possible by the city of Rocky Mount, Nash County, Edgecombe County, Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant, Golden East Crossing mall, the Rocky Mount Police Department, Nash County Sheriff’s Office, Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office, Gloria Moseley with Edgecombe County Solid Waste, Ben Barnes with Nash County Solid Waste, KAB board members, the City of Rocky Mount Environmental Services staff and contributions from event participants.

We welcomed two new Adopt-A-Spot groups to our team in 2020, Dunimus Outreach Ministries and Benvenue Country Club. We currently have 50 active Adopt-A-Spot volunteer groups, and even though we faced many challenges with getting volunteers together in 2020, our Adopt-A-Spot volunteers worked 17,614 hours and picked up 7,250 pounds of trash off our city streets.

I would like to thank these groups for continuing to keep our community clean and green. We could not do what we do without your support.

We want to encourage everyone to join our Adopt-A-Spot team. We make it simple. You gather a group of people — church group, civic club, neighborhood group, business, sorority, fraternity, etc. — and pick a street that your group would like to adopt. Fill out a short application and you are done.

We provide you with everything you need — bags, trash grabbers, gloves and safety vests. After your fourth clean-up, we put a sign on your adopted street letting everyone know that your group is taking a stand in the fight against litter. There is no charge associated with this, and it is a great way to show pride in your community.

If you are interested in volunteering with Keep America Beautiful of Nash and Edgecombe counties, contact me at 252-467-4960 or via e-mail