The Cleveland/Bradley County Keep America Beautiful Board is gearing up for one of its biggest annual events.
It will host the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, March 22, at the Tri-State Exhibition Center.
Collections will be taken on that day from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The opportunity is open to all Bradley County residents to allow safe disposal of items that might be considered too dangerous to simply be placed in a garbage container.
There is no charge for those using the service.
The event has proved to be so popular it has been held twice yearly for the past few years.
A second date may be offered this year, depending on the response to the March event.
The last collection held in October yielded more than 44,000 ponds of hazardous waste.
KAB’s annual Solid Waste pancake breakfast has also been scheduled for Saturday, March 14, at 7:30 a.m. at the Cleveland/Bradley County Chamber of Commerce.
It will be co-sponsored by Greenstream Recycling and Coca-Cola.
The guest speaker for the event will be Dr. Martin Ringstaff, director of Cleveland City Schools, and United Knitting will be presented the organization’s “White Glove Award.”
The Bradley Central High School Culinary Club is being asked to cater the morning.
Keeping students involved in local environmental issues will continue as KAB begins planting sessions with pre-kindergarten through third graders using sunflowers beginning in March.
Students will also participate in the springtime Greenway Cleanup on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The board also approved changes to the organization’s by-laws.
Executive Director Joanne Maskew and President Shari Horton said the changes helped to eliminate some items that had become outdated.
“We sort of cleaned them up a little bit,” Horton said. “There were just things that didn’t need to be in there.”
Among the changes is one that will allow memberships to be accepted year-round.
Maskew said memberships have been doing very well.
“I’ve really been surprised at the participation,” she said. “A lot of companies have been recurring members for a number of years, and we have picked up some new ones.”
She also reported fundraising efforts have been strong, “but we’re going to do better.”
Board members also adopted a budget of $72,275 for the year, reflecting an increase of $14,000 from 2012-13.
Maskew’s presentation showed the previous year’s budget had been proposed at a level of $68,300, but expended only $58,218.