Members of the Cleveland/Bradley Keep America Beautiful chapter’s board discussed that and other recent happenings at their monthly meeting Wednesday.
Volunteers and waste collection workers readied 30,287 pounds of waste to be taken away for disposal, including 14,720 pounds of old paint, 11,681 pounds of electronics like old computer monitors and 267 pounds of used light bulbs.
The numbers were lower than expected. Board member Cheryl Dunson speculated that it was both due to the weather and the fact that there had been a collection event last fall.
“It was very cold, which may have contributed to the outcome,” Dunson said. “But maybe not. We do have an event scheduled for the fall.”
Dunson said she had spoken with Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis and that his office has committed to funding another waste collection event in the fall. Up until last year, the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day was only an annual event.
The board discussed some of the challenges volunteers faced at the waste collection event, such as a restaurant bringing all of its cooking oil for disposal. The event was open to individuals only — not businesses.
Members then turned their attention to the organization’s budget. Despite accounts totaling an amount just over $7,000, they were optimistic that upcoming fundraisers would allow them to cover their expenses for the rest of the year.
Other than the hazardous waste collection event and the annual Solid Waste Breakfast, KAB has not had much happening this month.
There was a “Treasure and Trash” community cleanup event scheduled for March, but it was canceled when only KAB board members showed up to help.
“It’s been kind of a slow month, but we’ll get back into a routine,” Maskew said.
Upcoming events include several visits to local schools to plant zinnias with students, a pancake breakfast fundraiser and participation in the “It’s All About The Green” event at Cleveland State Community College in April.
After the organization’s annual Hazardous Waste Breakfast also took place in early March, Maskew said she was not sure how the event got its unusual name. She had learned about the name’s origin and shared it with the board. In the late 1970s, the Bradley County Landfill was running out of space, and some concerned citizens founded something called the Solid Waste Committee to raise awareness. They had an event called the Solid Waste Breakfast to drum up interest in what they were doing, and the annual event’s name stuck even when the members decided to turn the committee into a KAB chapter.
The board will have its next meeting on April 24 at the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce.