Beauty is the end result of everything we do
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About Keep Durham Beautiful
Keep Durham Beautiful is a nonprofit organization made up of volunteers who care about the appearance of Durham, NC. We engage and inspire individuals to take greater responsibility for their community environment through:
Every Monday morning at Durham Academy, students have the opportunity to make announcements to their peers, whether it be about clubs, sports teams, or anything in between. This year, Annabella Gong, a spirited senior with short hair and a huge voice, took the podium. Gong, leader of the Go Green Club at DA, began the announcement that would eventually become a running joke among the student body: “Please recycle your water bottles, but first, please take your caps off the bottles! The caps are non-recyclable and need to be thrown in the trash.”
It’s surprising, really, the amount of trash that you can see on the side of the road, if only you’re looking carefully enough.
And the participants of the 11th annual Keep Durham Beautiful Litter Index were certainly looking very carefully. On June 11, over twenty volunteers set off for five different corners of Durham, armed with clipboards and charts and the occasional bagel. I was skeptical. I had just learned the litter assessment scale (ranging from one to four, with one meaning “no litter” and four meaning “extremely littered”) and was more than a little nervous that my litter assessment abilities would not be up to par.
You may not have noticed, but Durham has a fair amount of litter. Our streets, schools, parks, and neighborhoods are filled with trash from cigarette butts to bottles, cans, plastic bags, and even items like car tires and shoes. “First impressions are the lasting impressions,” said David Harris, a former Keep Durham Beautiful Board Member […]