Each year, millions of pounds of litter end up in Tennessee waterways: from our rivers to our majestic lakes. Not only does all this trash take away from the beauty of Tennessee’s natural landscape, but litter can also be extremely damaging to our marine life. Trash can be swept away from roadways, our scenic byways […] Read More

Each year, millions of people explore Tennessee’s iconic landmarks, like the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Graceland and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, travelers can contribute to the litter problem by thoughtlessly discarding their trash instead of disposing of it properly. This widespread litter not only poses a danger to wildlife and pollutes […] Read More

Each year, on April 22nd, we show up for our planet through Earth Day. Founded in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day began as a way to educate Americans about pollution in the environment. This grassroots effort started with environmental demonstrations and “teach-ins” and has grown to a global event. Litter cleanups are a […] Read More

It’s that time again. Spring! And with spring brings spring cleaning. But WAIT! Before you place all those unwanted items at the curb, is that the best place for them? Great news: we have answers and a great tool that can help. The Keep Tennessee Beautiful app helps you make the most of your clean-up […] Read More

With spring approaching, many of us are looking forward to taking a long, relaxing hike, having a picnic, or exploring the wilderness by camping. There is simply no shortage of outdoor fun in the beautiful nature of Tennessee, from lakes and rivers to majestic forests. However, if you do plan to enjoy the outdoors, it […] Read More

From March 20 to June 21, thousands of individual volunteers and groups all over the country will participate in activities to clean up roadways, waterways and public spaces. The Great American Cleanup (GAC) takes place annually with an estimated 500,000 volunteers taking part in 15,000 community events nationwide, thanks to the work done by the […] Read More

There is no doubt that Tennessee has a host of beautiful scenery, from mountains to rivers, lakes to forests. In fact, according to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Tennessee forests cover approximately 52% of the state. Unfortunately, our land and rivers have been contaminated with all manners of trash, from fast food containers to improperly […] Read More

Do you know what the most littered item is in Tennessee? According to the latest littering study by Keep America Beautiful, cigarette butts remain the most commonly littered item in the United States. They make up nearly 20% of all litter. The 2021 report estimates that over 9.7 billion cigarette butts, e-cigarettes, vape pens and […] Read More

From the mountains to rivers, lakes and highways, it’s hard to stumble on an area that hasn’t been impacted by the effects of litter. There is no doubt that littering is a significant problem and that it can impact our roadways, waterways and harm Tennessee plants and wildlife. For litterbugs in Tennessee, there are enormous […] Read More

There’s nothing like the smell of a real Christmas tree, and for a lot of us, it’s not Christmas without one. In fact, in the US, around 22 million Christmas trees are purchased every year (“Christmas Tree Purchases By The Numbers”). But what do you do with your tree once Christmas is over? Good news, […] Read More