Keep Martin Beautiful Great American Cleanup A Great Success

Posted on June 15, 2017

Keep Martin Beautiful Great American Cleanup a great success

Volunteers Took Action to Clean, Revitalize, and Beautify Martin County as part of the Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest community improvement program


PALM CITY, Fla. – Keep Martin Beautiful, a non-profit, volunteer based organization dedicated to creating and sustaining a cleaner, greener, more beautiful community, has successfully concluded its 2017 Great American Cleanup. Throughout March and April, Keep America Beautiful spearheaded the nationwide initiative with the support of its affiliates in 20,000 communities across the country. Martin County was able to make considerable environmentally-positive strides with effective and innovative events and partnerships that included: multiple hazardous waste recycling roundups; the county’s inaugural color run; a water conservation exposition; and the emotional revitalization efforts at a historic local cemetery.

“Coming into the Great American Cleanup, our goal was to give volunteers the resources and opportunities to take action, create positive change, and have a lasting impact on the county we all call home,” explained Keep Martin Beautiful president, Craig Ahal. “Looking back on the work that was completed, it’s clear our diverse options for event participation appealed to volunteers of all ages and allowed everyone to accomplish a lot during the Great American Cleanup.”

The collection of Martin County events during the Great American Cleanup resulted in the removal of approximately 105,000 pounds of vegetative waste and hazardous materials by more than 2,200 volunteers. Event highlights include:

Gomez Cemetery Cleanup. On March 11, over 200 Keep Martin Beautiful volunteers converged on the historic Gomez cemetery to begin the journey of restoring the overgrown and neglected Allen Temple A.M.E property back to its original state. Participants included volunteers from the A.M.E church who travelled by bus from Tampa as well as employees from Jenkins Landscape, Capps Roofing, and Tony’s Tree Service along with other Keep Martin Beautiful volunteers.  Hobe Sound resident, Lloyd Jones, spearheaded the restoration effort. More than 87,500 pounds of vegetative waste were cleared and 250 cubic yards of debris were hauled from the site.

Extreme Recycling Roundup and HazMobile “Go Green” Block Party. The fourth annual Extreme Recycling Roundup, coordinated by the Martin County Solid Waste Division on March 25at the Martin County Fairgrounds, was a huge success with more than 15,000 pounds of household hazardous materials “rounded up” by nearly 400 residents. Certified waste haulers were kept busy throughout the day recycling items such as old fertilizer, used motor oil, old paint, broken light bulbs and electronics. The County’s HazMobile (Household Hazardous Waste Collection Vehicle) also visited Keep Martin Beautiful’s office for a “Go Green” Block Party on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17to provide residents a fun and convenient way of disposing their household hazardous waste. Residents arrived, dressed in their finest St. Patrick’s Day greens, and brought over 300 gallons of paint and hazardous chemicals for safe disposal.

ColorFOOL Fun Run. Martin County’s first ever color run was presented by Keep Martin Beautiful on April 1to commemorate the mid-point of the Great American Cleanup. More than 125 participants convened at the nature trails of the Treasure Coast Wildlife Center to get doused with biodegradable colors while enjoying some of the most naturally beautiful areas in our community. Runners and walkers of all ages were able to take part in this event, and at the end of the day every participant went home wearing their vibrant colors as a badge of honor.

H20 Water Fest. Nearly 1,500 people attended this popular educational fair coordinated in partnership with City of Stuart, Students4H2O and Keep Martin Beautiful on April 22. As the largest city exposition to ever take place in our county, more than 40 school groups, non-profits and other exhibitors participated in raising awareness about water conservation initiatives in Memorial Park in downtown Stuart. Held on Earth Day, this fun event included raffles, games, a photo bus, hands-on demonstrations and more.

Clean Your Block Party. Any cleanup project from March 1 through the end of April coordinated by residents throughout the county received recognition as part of the Great American Cleanup. During this time, Keep Martin Beautiful provided about 240 volunteers with t-shirts, trash bags, gloves and water so they could coordinate their own “clean your block” event. As part of this effort they spent an estimated 430 hours removing about 2,350 pounds of trash from our community.

Keep Martin Beautiful appreciates the generous sponsors and community supporters of the 2017 Great American Cleanup events, which include: Amerisweeps; Athena Plastic Surgery; Bowman Consulting; Beaches MRI of Port St. Lucie; Capps Roofing; Captec Engineering; City of Stuart; Columna Inc.; Cook Electric Inc.; Crary Buchanan; Creech Consulting; Ecological Associates Inc.; FDOT; Ferreira Construction; The Firefly Group; Fleet Feet; GT Supplies, Inc.; Jenkins Landscape; Martin County; The MilCor Group Inc.; Mulligans Beach House; NisAir Conditioning; Palm City Dentistry; Regency Dental; Reich & Mancini; Sailor’s Return; Steppling Family Subways of the Treasure Coast; Stuart Pediatric Dentistry; Stuart Sunrise Rotary; Surfing’s Evolution and Preservation Foundation; Tony’s Tree Service Treasure Coast Wildlife Center; Treasure Coast Urgent Care; Wallace Nissan; and Whiticar Boat Works.

For more information call Keep Martin Beautiful 772-781-1222, email, visit or Facebook message us at

About Keep Martin Beautiful

Keep Martin Beautiful (KMB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization founded in 1994 as an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. Its mission is to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Martin County through litter prevention, the promotion of recycling, improvement of solid waste management practices, and beautification and community revitalization activities. KMB signature events and programs include the Environmental Stewardship Awards, the International Coastal Cleanup, the Great American Cleanup, the Adopt-A-Road and Adopt-A-Street programs, and other educational and outreach activities. Find KMB on Facebook at, follow KMB on Twitter at, visit or call 772-781-1222.

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