Receiving the Business of the Year Award was Coca-Cola Refreshments.
Coca-Cola was recognized for its program that helps businesses and schools recycle. The company provides free recycling containers and pick-up services.
The Education Award was given to Beaty’s True Value Hardware for its donations of gardening supplies for the education programs.
The Environmental Education certificate was awarded to the Westside Ruritan Club for its sponsorship of the environmental essay contest.
Joyce Johnson was named Volunter of the Year.
The White Glove Award was given to Stamper’s Furniture. The award is given quarterly to businesses that have made environmental contributions. The business has recycled more than 8,000 pounds of waste since March of this year.
Over catered breakfast at the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, KAB executive director Joanne Maskew shared a long list of what the organization had done for the past year and said thank-yous to those who involved.
KAB has a new mascot — a bumble bee. Maskew encouraged attendees and the public to “bee busy” protecting the environment,
Maskew also thanked the volunteers who helped in the 98 meetings and events held during the 2012-2013 year.
Among the year’s activities was Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, which encouraged Bradley County residents to take household chemicals and other materials to be safely recycled.
As a whole, she said Cleveland and Bradley County residents diverted more than 250 tons of recyclables like aluminum, glass and plastics from going into landfills, along with other things like 46,036 car tires.
“This is terrific,” Maskew said. “KAB applauds anyone who has been involved with any sort of recycling program.”
She also gave an update on the organization’s educational programs in local schools.
KAB has programming that teaches children about recycling and taking care of the environment available to local school classrooms. The program incorporates activities that range from planting flowers to essay writing contests, depending on grade levels.
Maskew took the time to stress why the education programs were important and thank the volunteers who had been involved with them.
“Without education, how can we learn that litter directly affects the air we breathe, contaminates our water supply and causes many dangers for our wildlife,” she asked.
KAB members also voted on who would be representing them on the organization’s board of directors for the coming year.
All but three of the existing board members were reinstated for the upcoming year. Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Renner, Bondy Hackett and Jennifer Norton, the board’s secretary, all stepped down. Retired journalist Randall Higgins, who had been volunteering with the organization’s school programs, was the only new addition nominated for and voted onto the board.