Litter is an unattractive problem on our roadways. It’s unsightly, expensive to remove and poses a threat to our motorists and wildlife. In 2004, the state of Georgia spent a staggering $14 million in roadside litter removal. Needless to say, the problem still persists in Georgia, and in Cobb County.
What We Do
The Keep Cobb Beautiful Board of Directors practices what we preach. Each Quarter, a group of us (pictured above) clean up over two miles of roadway in Marietta, adjacent to the Kennesaw Battle Field Park: Cheatham Hill Rd, from Powder Springs Rd to John Ward Rd, and John Ward Rd to Whitlock.
What Can You Do?
You, your organization, civic group or local business can join the Adopt-a-Mile (AAM) program!
A Sense of Community
Program volunteers serve as visible reminders to those who drive our roadways that we are all stewards of the land. AAM is an excellent way for groups to work together to keep Cobb beautiful. Cobb County has been reputed as one of the most attractive communities in the Southeast. Let’s preserve this attribute!
How to Join
Adopt-a-Mile participants are expected to:
- Recruit participants 13 years and older
- Attend safety training prior to initial cleanup
- Submit releases of liability, parental consent forms, an organization roster and other paperwork
- Facilitate cleanups on a quarterly basis
- Monitor your mile on a regular basis
- Conduct additional cleanups when necessary
- Submit reports after each cleanup
The County's Role
Cobb DOT will provide supplies for cleanup, signs, and trash bag removal. Volunteers also have the option to drop items collected in a dumpster or at the local transfer station. Please ask permission from local business owners before using their dumpsters.
No Good Deed Goes Unnoticed
Upon the completion of your first cleanup (report included), Cobb DOT will post a sign along the mile, identifying you and/or your organization as the volunteer(s) who’ve gone the “extra mile” to help keep Cobb beautiful.
During October 2015, KCB awarded it First Annual Green Leaf Award to the South Cobb Lions Club. Over the past year (2014 to 2015), this organization adopted 7 different roads (7 miles) that were clean up at least quarterly, but in most cases more often, contributed almost 300 volunteer hours and collected 316 bags of trash. Congratulations to the South Cobb Lions Club!
Keep Cobb Beautiful
1792 County Services Parkway
Marietta, GA 30008
(770) 528-2504 (Fax)
Cigarette Litter Prevention Program
Cobb County Smokers: Ever wonder what happens to your cigarette butts once you flick them onto the street, the sidewalk, or anywhere other than the cigarette receptacles? Typically, the wind and rain carry those cigarette butts into Cobb County's water supply. There, toxic chemicals leach out into aquatic ecosystems like the Chattahoochee River and Lake Allatoona (Etowah River), threatening our water quality and many aquatic organisms. Cigarette butts may seem small, but with billions of butts littered each year, the toxic chemicals add up!
Fortunately, Keep Cobb Beautiful, in conjunction with Cobb County Watershed Management and Keep America Beautiful (KAB), has implemented the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CCLPP).
The Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP) is the nation’s largest program aimed at reducing cigarette litter. Keep America Beautiful (KAB) developed the CLPP (preventcigarettelitter.org) with funding from Philip Morris USA, an Altria company in 2002. The program has received additional support from RAI Services Company and Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company. Since its conception, the program has been implemented in over 1,400 U.S. communities including Cobb County by means of Keep Cobb Beautiful. By providing people with easily accessible information about ash receptacles, pocket and portable ashtrays and other educational tools, KAB, KCB and Cobb County Watershed Management are making strides in educating the public and ensuring a cleaner tomorrow.
Great American Clean Up
The Great American Cleanup, March 1st – May 31st, is the nation’s largest annual community improvement program that harnesses the power of over 4 million volunteers to build vibrant communities. Each year, Keep Cobb Beautiful in addition to over 1,200 affiliates and participating organizations engage volunteers to take action in their communities through programs that deliver positive and lasting impact through events focused on beautifying parks and recreation areas, cleaning waterways, handling recycling collections, picking up litter, planting trees and flowers, and conducting educational programs and litter-free events.
In 2012, 4.2 million Great American Cleanup volunteers worked tirelessly to return nearly $230 million in measurable benefits in 20,000 communities across the country.
You can be involved with the largest litter prevention and beautification effort ever. Join over 4 million volunteers across the country and help clean up your community! Please submit the Great American Clean Up Form to volunteer.
Once you've finished clean up, don't forget to send in a report of your efforts!
If you need supplies, submit a request.
Bring One for the Chipper
Bring One for the Chipper is the state of Georgia’s annual Christmas tree recycling program. As an affiliate, Keep Cobb Beautiful works with sponsors to organize the recycling event for Cobb County. These sponsors include The Home Depot, The Davey Tree Expert Company and Cobb County Parks. Numerous local sponsors and volunteers also make contributions and provide in-kind services.
The Chipper program involves the entire community and countless volunteers. Since its inception, the program has recycled an estimated 5.9 million Christmas trees state wide. The mulch from these trees has been used for playgrounds, local government beautification projects, and individual yards.
You can support the Chipper program by bringing your cut Christmas tree to a designated drop off site or volunteering with your local coordinator to collect trees.
Drop Off Locations
Previously live Christmas trees are accepted the first Saturday in January from 9am until 4pm at the following Home Depot Locations in Cobb County:
- 3355 Cobb Pkwy
Acworth, GA 30101
- 1200 East-West Connector
Austell, GA 30106
- 2350 Dallas Hwy
Marietta, GA 30064
- 4101 Roswell Road NE
Marietta, GA 30062
- 449 Roberts Ct NW
Kennesaw, GA 30144
- 3605 Sandy Plains Road
Marietta, GA 30066
- 1062 Richard Sajlors Pkwy
Powder Springs, GA 30127
- 1655 Shiloh Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144
- 2450 Cumberland Pkwy SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
Cobb County Parks
Anytime after Christmas.
Lost Mountain Park
4845 Dallas Hwy
Powder Springs, GA 30127
2085 Lower Roswell RD
Marietta, GA 30066
Noonday Creek Park
489 Hawkins Store Rd
Kennesaw, GA 30144
3499 Robinson Rd
Marietta, GA 30067
"Rivers Alive" Stream Cleanup
Rivers Alive is a volunteer cleanup event that targets all waterways in the State of Georgia. Rivers Alive’s mission is to create awareness of and involvement in the preservation of Georgia’s water resources. Rivers Alive is held annually and is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Georgia’s Adopt-A-Stream Program and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ Keep Georgia Beautiful Program. Cobb County also hosts various Rivers Alive events throughout the year.
Don’t wait for us!
Georgia’s 70,150 miles of streams, rivers, lakes, beaches and wetlands need your help! If you are aware of an area that needs attention let us know! Our waterways provide us with fresh drinking water, great recreational opportunities like canoeing and fishing, and they serve as a pleasant respite from our busy day to day lives. Everyone contributes to the pollution in our streams. This is your opportunity to help by giving something back to the environment! Help us clean our rivers, streams, lakes, beaches and wetlands by supporting Rivers Alive!
If you are interested in volunteering or need further information, call (770) 528-1135 or email [email protected].
Neighborhood clean sweeps have become community gatherings, offering citizens an opportunity to reacquaint themselves with old friends and make new ones. In partnership with Cobb County’s Public Safety, Community Development and Department of Transportation, Keep Cobb Beautiful has been able to create awareness about litter prevention and reduce litter violations in our communities. With the assistance of county crews, residents are able to aid in removing graffiti, litter from illegal dumping, and restoring their neighborhoods through beautification projects. Educating the public is the key! The more your neighbors are involved the greater the community’s support system.
While clean sweep events can be organized and held year round, during the Great American Clean (GAC), March 1st- May 31st, is when Cobb residents truly shine. Neighborhood sweeps during the GAC have become team-building exercises for neighborhood associations, church groups, school clubs and teams, and civic organizations. Residents can also take advantage of neighborhood sweeps and GAC individually, by cleaning their own properties, nearby sidewalks/curbsides and placing the bulk rebuff at designated locations, knowing a county crew will soon come by to retrieve it.
You and your neighbors can work together to make your surroundings neat and clean with the Neighborhood Clean Sweep/Great American Cleanup program.
How to get started!
Organize a group and identify the specific needs in your area, then tailor your cleanup effort to meet those needs. Contact your local homeowners association or community organization to find out if you already have a “sweep” planned this year.
If not, talk to your neighbors and contact Keep Cobb Beautiful at (770) 528-1100 to arrange a Neighborhood Sweep or to join a local cleanup initiative.