Keep McMinn Beautiful’s mission is to provide our residents with environmental education and information to create a clean, litter-free community in which to live, work and raise our children. Keep McMinn Beautiful board members strive to educate and
encourage McMinn County residents to take an active part in their community
through recycling workshops, educational programs for adults and children as
well as being an informational resource for all things green. We welcome new
volunteers and are always looking for ways to partner with local businesses
Keep McMinn Beautiful's Programs
While COVID-19 has certainly hampered our outreach activities and organized litter cleanups, in the meantime we encourage you to continue recycling, picking up litter on your own (please wear gloves and mask, and limit groups to 6 or less), and finding ways to reduce, reuse and re-purpose old items you would previously have thrown away. As they say, "Necessity is the mother of invention"!
April - Etowah Household Hazardous Waste Event - first weekend in April
Trashbash Industrial/Business Challenge -
Great American Clean-Up. It's your time to shine! This week coincides with Earth Day each year. We hold week long events to promote a cleaner McMinn County. This year we will be doing a Denim Drive - watch for details and start setting aside your denim clothing that you are ready to let go! April 20 - 24, 2020
May - Tennessee Wetlands Festival/Moofest - Saturday May 2, 2020, 10 am to 4 pm at E G Fisher Wetlands on Ingleside Avenue. Join us for a celebration of the wetlands. Joining with MooFest, we will have hands on community activities for all ages. Crafts. food, children's activities, ice cream eating, frozen t-shirt, mooing and milk chugging contests.
Tennessee Wesleyan College "Dump and Run". Annual Event that gives students a chance to recycle their old stuff when they move out the dorms for the summer.
June - Monthly litter pick-ups.
August - Telephone Book Recycling. It is that time to recycle your old telephone books at the recycle center.
October - Household Hazardous Waste Collection. Typically the first Saturday in October at McMinn County High School. Great way to properly dispose of your household chemicals.
November - America Recycles Day. November 15. Annual National Event through Keep America Beautiful. Keep McMinn Beautiful takes it one step up and holds a week long event at the recycle center to celebrate recycling.
December - Cardboard Boxing Day. Held after Christmas. Keep McMinn Beautiful Board Members will assist residents in recycling all that Christmas packaging.