“For many years, KGVB has kept the shores of Lake Grapevine clean and clear of debris and trash.  Several years ago, we had major flooding in Grapevine.  As the waters began to recede, there was much work to do to clean up the shores -- it was KGVB who stepped up to help.  ”

- January 2017 -

Darlene Freed, Mayor pro Tem


Litter Prevention & Cleanup

Hey folks, Don't mess with Texas!!! Keep Grapevine Beautiful (KGVB) is both proactive in trying to Litter Prevention and Cleanupprevent litter, and reactive by organizing cleanup efforts. Whether it is along the freeways, roadways, parks or lake, a litter-free community is one of our most important goals.

Research and experience have shown that litter is the result of individual behavior—choosing to litter or being careless in the handling of waste. And once litter is on the ground, it attracts more litter. A clean community, by contrast, can discourage littering and improve community appearance and quality of life. You have a role to play in preventing litter. Just one person, one school, one business, or one organization can positively impact the behavior of others in their community.

For more information, see this Don't Mess with Texas Litter Fact Sheet! Learn more about how to end litter from Keep America Beautiful

KGVB hosts several annual events that focus on litter prevention and cleanup:

• Each April, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation and Keep Texas Beautiful, the signature event 'Don't mess With Texas Trash-Off' is held.  Hundreds join KGVB and show their Texas pride by cleaning highway service drives and streets. When coupled with all other Texas cities, this is the largest clean-up day in the state!

• A ongoing city-wide effort is the Adopt-An-Area program, which is comprised of volunteer groups throughout the city. These families, non-profit organizations and business employees have selected an area within the city to keep litter free by cleaning up the area six times per year. A sign is erected in their name along the path of the adopted area. It's an enjoyable and easy way to assist your community and is sincerely appreciated by the citizens of Grapevine.

• In November, Trash & Treasures takes place in local lake parks.  Together, we work to eliminate misplaced waste and trash near Grapevine Lake. This visible form of pollution can disrupt wildlife, natural ecosystems, human health and safety, and communities.

•As a Keep America Beautiful Affiliate, each year KGVB conducts a Community Appearance Survey, or Litter Index, by surveying a statistical sample of the city. This exercise has been in place since 1994. The 2017 Litter Index resulted in an overall score of 1.55 - up from 2016, but we are still we are doing great! Scores range from 1 (the best, no litter) to 4 (the worst). Two of the most littered areas were quickly added to the Adopt-An-Area program, and KGVB deploys volunteers to high-need areas for cleanups.  See our progress over the past 10 years below.

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