Keep Loudoun Beautiful

Keep Loudoun Beautiful Keep Loudoun Beautiful is an all volunteer environmental organization committed to improve the health and beauty of Loudoun County The KLB mission:
-Maintain the natural beauty and visual quality of Loudoun County through the following work:
-Encourage and educate citizens to keep Loudoun beautiful.
-Promote public awareness of environmental challenges and suggested solutions, like
Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling.
-Improve county trash disposal and eliminate illegal dumping.

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Besides adding a wonderful curb appeal to our neighborhoods, mature trees bring undeniable benefits to our planet & pock...
05/11/2021

Besides adding a wonderful curb appeal to our neighborhoods, mature trees bring undeniable benefits to our planet & pocket πŸ€‘
.
Trees provide shade and cooling. They reduce temperatures through shade and by transpiring water. One mature tree can produce the same cooling effect as 10 room-sized air conditioners. This becomes an effective tool in reducing urban heat islands and hot spots in cities
.
They help clean the air. Trees filter the air of contaminants and are proven to absorb carbon dioxide, which comprises over 80 percent of greenhouse gases in the US. Planting trees remains one of the cheapest, most cost-effective means of drawing excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere
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Trees can help us save energy. Having plenty of shade trees in your yard can help reduce your energy bill by allowing you to save on air conditioning. Carefully positioned trees can reduce a household’s energy consumption for heating and cooling by up to 25 percent
.
They contribute to our health and provide us with oxygen. Trees breathe in pollutants but then breathe out oxygen. One large tree can provide a day’s supply of oxygen for up to four people
.
Trees help clean our water. Trees serve as natural sponges, collecting and filtering rainfall and releasing it slowly into streams and rivers, and are the most effective land cover for maintenance of water quality. The ability of forests to aid in the filtration of water provides benefits to our health and the health of an ecosystem and can aid in water treatment
.
Forests provide these benefits by filtering sediments and other pollutants from the water in the soil before it reaches a water source, such as a stream, lake, or river
.
They also provide food and shelter to so many insects and birds that are a fundamental part of our ecosystem πŸ’šπŸžπŸ¦‹πŸ¦œπŸ¦πŸ
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Healthy trees can increase surrounding property values by 2-10%
.
As you can see, planting native trees and taking care of the ones you already have might be a better idea than you thought πŸŒ³πŸ€—πŸŒ³
Source: Arizona Municipal Water Users Association
#treelovers #plantnativetrees #keepamericagreenandclean #keeploudounbeautiful

Besides adding a wonderful curb appeal to our neighborhoods, mature trees bring undeniable benefits to our planet & pocket πŸ€‘
.
Trees provide shade and cooling. They reduce temperatures through shade and by transpiring water. One mature tree can produce the same cooling effect as 10 room-sized air conditioners. This becomes an effective tool in reducing urban heat islands and hot spots in cities
.
They help clean the air. Trees filter the air of contaminants and are proven to absorb carbon dioxide, which comprises over 80 percent of greenhouse gases in the US. Planting trees remains one of the cheapest, most cost-effective means of drawing excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere
.
Trees can help us save energy. Having plenty of shade trees in your yard can help reduce your energy bill by allowing you to save on air conditioning. Carefully positioned trees can reduce a household’s energy consumption for heating and cooling by up to 25 percent
.
They contribute to our health and provide us with oxygen. Trees breathe in pollutants but then breathe out oxygen. One large tree can provide a day’s supply of oxygen for up to four people
.
Trees help clean our water. Trees serve as natural sponges, collecting and filtering rainfall and releasing it slowly into streams and rivers, and are the most effective land cover for maintenance of water quality. The ability of forests to aid in the filtration of water provides benefits to our health and the health of an ecosystem and can aid in water treatment
.
Forests provide these benefits by filtering sediments and other pollutants from the water in the soil before it reaches a water source, such as a stream, lake, or river
.
They also provide food and shelter to so many insects and birds that are a fundamental part of our ecosystem πŸ’šπŸžπŸ¦‹πŸ¦œπŸ¦πŸ
.
Healthy trees can increase surrounding property values by 2-10%
.
As you can see, planting native trees and taking care of the ones you already have might be a better idea than you thought πŸŒ³πŸ€—πŸŒ³
Source: Arizona Municipal Water Users Association
#treelovers #plantnativetrees #keepamericagreenandclean #keeploudounbeautiful

05/10/2021

Dispose of your old electronics safely! #Loudoun County is hosting an electronics recycling event Saturday, May 15, 2021, at 751 Miller Drive SE in Leesburg from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Details: https://bit.ly/3bgNBTR

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing mothers out there! πŸ’š We all want our children to grow in a healthy and beautiful p...
05/09/2021

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing mothers out there! πŸ’š We all want our children to grow in a healthy and beautiful place. Let’s create that world together! 🌎 #respect #mothersrock

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing mothers out there! πŸ’š We all want our children to grow in a healthy and beautiful place. Let’s create that world together! 🌎 #respect #mothersrock

Our most popular event of the year is back! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ Join us as we paddle down the Potomac River collecting tires and litter ...
05/08/2021

Our most popular event of the year is back! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ Join us as we paddle down the Potomac River collecting tires and litter found along and in the water! πŸ›ΆπŸš£πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ
.
This year’s Potomac River cleanup is set for Sunday, July 25th from 8:45 am to 2:00 pm, rain or shine
.
In light of coronavirus concerns, participants will be able to reserve their canoes ahead of time. While KLB will pay for most of the event expenses, this year we are asking our volunteers to cooperate with a fee that’ll help us to defray the cost of putting together the event and help to avoid β€œno-shows”. Fee per canoe is $30 if reserved by May 31st, $40 if reserved by June 30th, and $50 if reserved after June 30th. Each canoe can hold 2 people
.
If you are comfortable sharing a canoe with a new friend, you can also reserve a single spot in a canoe. Fee per person is $15 if reserved by May 31st, $20 if reserved by June 30th, and $25 if reserved after June 30th. The event fee includes the canoe, paddle, & safety vest, river guide, cleanup supplies, and a pizza lunch
.
HURRY TO RESERVE YOURS BEFORE THE FEE GOES UP! πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»
https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/70a0e45a4a92ba1f49-klbcanoe

#potomaccleanup #volunteersrock #keepingourplanetclean #notmytrashbutmyplanet #keeploudounbeautiful

Our most popular event of the year is back! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ Join us as we paddle down the Potomac River collecting tires and litter found along and in the water! πŸ›ΆπŸš£πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ
.
This year’s Potomac River cleanup is set for Sunday, July 25th from 8:45 am to 2:00 pm, rain or shine
.
In light of coronavirus concerns, participants will be able to reserve their canoes ahead of time. While KLB will pay for most of the event expenses, this year we are asking our volunteers to cooperate with a fee that’ll help us to defray the cost of putting together the event and help to avoid β€œno-shows”. Fee per canoe is $30 if reserved by May 31st, $40 if reserved by June 30th, and $50 if reserved after June 30th. Each canoe can hold 2 people
.
If you are comfortable sharing a canoe with a new friend, you can also reserve a single spot in a canoe. Fee per person is $15 if reserved by May 31st, $20 if reserved by June 30th, and $25 if reserved after June 30th. The event fee includes the canoe, paddle, & safety vest, river guide, cleanup supplies, and a pizza lunch
.
HURRY TO RESERVE YOURS BEFORE THE FEE GOES UP! πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»
https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/70a0e45a4a92ba1f49-klbcanoe

#potomaccleanup #volunteersrock #keepingourplanetclean #notmytrashbutmyplanet #keeploudounbeautiful

In the United States, food waste is estimated at between 30-40 percent of the food supply. This estimate, based on estim...
05/07/2021

In the United States, food waste is estimated at between 30-40 percent of the food supply. This estimate, based on estimates from USDA’s Economic Research Service of 31 percent food loss at the retail and consumer levels, corresponded to approximately 133 billion pounds and $161 billion worth of food in 2010. This amount of waste has far-reaching impacts on society:
.
Wholesome food that could have helped feed families in need is sent to landfills.
Land, water, labor, energy and other inputs are used in producing, processing, transporting, preparing, storing, and disposing of discarded food
.
#[email protected]
・・・
We throw out billions of dollars worth of edible food each year, around one in five shopping bags! Even small changes at home can make a big difference!
#reduce #reuse #reducefoodwasteathome

In the United States, food waste is estimated at between 30-40 percent of the food supply. This estimate, based on estimates from USDA’s Economic Research Service of 31 percent food loss at the retail and consumer levels, corresponded to approximately 133 billion pounds and $161 billion worth of food in 2010. This amount of waste has far-reaching impacts on society:
.
Wholesome food that could have helped feed families in need is sent to landfills.
Land, water, labor, energy and other inputs are used in producing, processing, transporting, preparing, storing, and disposing of discarded food
.
#[email protected]
・・・
We throw out billions of dollars worth of edible food each year, around one in five shopping bags! Even small changes at home can make a big difference!
#reduce #reuse #reducefoodwasteathome

Our most popular event of the year is back! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ Join us as we paddle down the Potomac River collecting tires and litter ...
05/06/2021

Our most popular event of the year is back! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ Join us as we paddle down the Potomac River collecting tires and litter found along and in the water! πŸ›ΆπŸš£πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ
.
This year’s Potomac River cleanup is set for Sunday, July 25th from 8:45 am to 2:00 pm, rain or shine
.
In light of coronavirus concerns, participants will be able to reserve their canoes ahead of time. While KLB will pay for most of the event expenses, this year we are asking our volunteers to cooperate with a fee that’ll help us to defray the cost of putting together the event and help to avoid β€œno-shows”. Fee per canoe is $30 if reserved by May 31st, $40 if reserved by June 30th, and $50 if reserved after June 30th. Each canoe can hold 2 people
.
If you are comfortable sharing a canoe with a new friend, you can also reserve a single spot in a canoe. Fee per person is $15 if reserved by May 31st, $20 if reserved by June 30th, and $25 if reserved after June 30th. The event fee includes the canoe, paddle, & safety vest, river guide, cleanup supplies, and a pizza lunch
.
HURRY TO RESERVE YOURS BEFORE THE FEE GOES UP! πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»
https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/70a0e45a4a92ba1f49-klbcanoe

#potomaccleanup #volunteersrock #keepingourplanetclean #notmytrashbutmyplanet #keeploudounbeautiful

Our most popular event of the year is back! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ Join us as we paddle down the Potomac River collecting tires and litter found along and in the water! πŸ›ΆπŸš£πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ
.
This year’s Potomac River cleanup is set for Sunday, July 25th from 8:45 am to 2:00 pm, rain or shine
.
In light of coronavirus concerns, participants will be able to reserve their canoes ahead of time. While KLB will pay for most of the event expenses, this year we are asking our volunteers to cooperate with a fee that’ll help us to defray the cost of putting together the event and help to avoid β€œno-shows”. Fee per canoe is $30 if reserved by May 31st, $40 if reserved by June 30th, and $50 if reserved after June 30th. Each canoe can hold 2 people
.
If you are comfortable sharing a canoe with a new friend, you can also reserve a single spot in a canoe. Fee per person is $15 if reserved by May 31st, $20 if reserved by June 30th, and $25 if reserved after June 30th. The event fee includes the canoe, paddle, & safety vest, river guide, cleanup supplies, and a pizza lunch
.
HURRY TO RESERVE YOURS BEFORE THE FEE GOES UP! πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»
https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/70a0e45a4a92ba1f49-klbcanoe

#potomaccleanup #volunteersrock #keepingourplanetclean #notmytrashbutmyplanet #keeploudounbeautiful

REUSING IDEA! πŸ’‘ If you get big pieces of styrofoam from furniture you are buying, please consider keeping them until you...
05/05/2021

REUSING IDEA! πŸ’‘ If you get big pieces of styrofoam from furniture you are buying, please consider keeping them until you have a decent amount (like the one in the photo) and offer it for free through Craigslist, Fb Marketplace or your buy nothing group
.
Styrofoam is not recyclable at #loudouncounty and it is highly valued by artists & crafters! So instead of sending them to landfill let’s give them a second use and reduce your waste! πŸ’ͺ🏻πŸ’ͺ🏻πŸ’ͺ🏻
.
***IMPORTANT SIDE NOTE: The styrofoam and plastic bags in the packaging you receive are not recyclable, so it is important that you NEVER leave them inside when you take out the boxes for recycling curbside pickup. Those belong to the trash bin or a better option: Always give them a second use! Usually those plastic bags are very sturdy so you can reuse them for different purposes...like a cleanup! πŸ€— and save the styrofoam for artists as we suggested beforeπŸ˜‰πŸ‘πŸ»
.
We know it’s frustrating that you see all these big boxes with all the plastic and styrofoam in your neighbors recyclables and you feel that it’s not worthy to take the time to do it correctly 😒 well, let us tell you that IT IS WORTHY!
.
Your recyclables properly selected will make a difference and hopefully you’ll inspire others to do the right thing πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»
.
Thanks for caring & sharing!!! #reuse #refuse #reduce #recycleproperly #bethechange

REUSING IDEA! πŸ’‘ If you get big pieces of styrofoam from furniture you are buying, please consider keeping them until you have a decent amount (like the one in the photo) and offer it for free through Craigslist, Fb Marketplace or your buy nothing group
.
Styrofoam is not recyclable at #loudouncounty and it is highly valued by artists & crafters! So instead of sending them to landfill let’s give them a second use and reduce your waste! πŸ’ͺ🏻πŸ’ͺ🏻πŸ’ͺ🏻
.
***IMPORTANT SIDE NOTE: The styrofoam and plastic bags in the packaging you receive are not recyclable, so it is important that you NEVER leave them inside when you take out the boxes for recycling curbside pickup. Those belong to the trash bin or a better option: Always give them a second use! Usually those plastic bags are very sturdy so you can reuse them for different purposes...like a cleanup! πŸ€— and save the styrofoam for artists as we suggested beforeπŸ˜‰πŸ‘πŸ»
.
We know it’s frustrating that you see all these big boxes with all the plastic and styrofoam in your neighbors recyclables and you feel that it’s not worthy to take the time to do it correctly 😒 well, let us tell you that IT IS WORTHY!
.
Your recyclables properly selected will make a difference and hopefully you’ll inspire others to do the right thing πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»
.
Thanks for caring & sharing!!! #reuse #refuse #reduce #recycleproperly #bethechange

Last April 24th, BSA Troop 966 completed a clean up of the ~1.5 mile section of W&OD Trail east of Sterling Blvd πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» ...
05/04/2021

Last April 24th, BSA Troop 966 completed a clean up of the ~1.5 mile section of W&OD Trail east of Sterling Blvd πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»
.
This volunteer group (4 scouts and 2 adults) was able to collect 2 large bags full of trash in the area πŸ’ͺ🏻
.
So proud of you guys! Thank you for taking the time to do something good for your community and our planet!!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰
.
We are always sad when we see litter around but it’s very uplifting to see that more and more people are caring enough to take action!!! πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€— It gives us hope 😊
.
#notmytrashbutmyplanet #keeploudounbeautiful #keepourplanetclean #volunteersrock #bethechange #cleanup

Last April 24th, BSA Troop 966 completed a clean up of the ~1.5 mile section of W&OD Trail east of Sterling Blvd πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»
.
This volunteer group (4 scouts and 2 adults) was able to collect 2 large bags full of trash in the area πŸ’ͺ🏻
.
So proud of you guys! Thank you for taking the time to do something good for your community and our planet!!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰
.
We are always sad when we see litter around but it’s very uplifting to see that more and more people are caring enough to take action!!! πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€— It gives us hope 😊
.
#notmytrashbutmyplanet #keeploudounbeautiful #keepourplanetclean #volunteersrock #bethechange #cleanup

On Saturday, the amazing team at HITT Contracting Inc. partnered with KLB and Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Commu...
05/04/2021

On Saturday, the amazing team at HITT Contracting Inc. partnered with KLB and Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services to clean up a difficult to reach, wooded location near Goose Creek. Mike Turner - Ashburn Supervisor acted as a guide through the woods and led the group's clean up efforts which included hauling wood pallets and heavy lumber, full of rusty nails out of the woods and into a PRCS truck. KLB is very grateful to the HITT crew for supporting this physically demanding clean up. As you can see in the photos, they hauled a truck full of dangerous debris out of the woods and restored it back to a peaceful and beautiful place for animals, hikers, and mountain bikers. Thank you to all who participated! #cleanup #notmytrashbutmyplanet #volunteer #bethechange #teamwork

05/02/2021

From Clean Fairfax:

The systems and infrastructure that were put in place when the county was starting to get built up have been broken for a long time and this is one of those systems.

All of this in Little Hunting Creek isn't the result of people throwing plastic bottles out of their car windows it is overflow from dumpsters, it is plastic bags being set out instead of trash and recycling being put in cans or dumpsters, it is not enough pick up from haulers from apartment buildings and townhouses, it is commercial properties not getting enough capacity for the amount of trash and recycling that they generate. And then we get a big wind and a rainstorm like last night, and all of that stuff blows across parking lots and streets and into storm drains and right into places like Little Hunting Creek.

We spend a lot of time debunking the myth that litter is done by people who don't care about their community and we can say that definitely cigarette butt litter is one of those things but this kind of overwhelming plastic pollution is a product of broken systems.

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Teacher appreciation week is around the corner and many schools are organizing well-deserved breakfast or lunch for the staff. Can you recommend some eco-friendly alternatives to the paper plates, plastic cups and utensils that they are asking families to donate? I wish we could go old school and use normal dishes, glasses and silverware and produce no trash. πŸŒŽπŸ’š
LoCo Ruckers W&OD Trail Clean Up Success! We had 8 awesome locals show for today's litter pickup! Plus a 9th guy who saw what we were doing from his porch and joined in! We counted 22 bags filled with litter (counting a few smaller bags as half of contractor bags) covering the area of the W&OD Trail from Rt 28 to a little passed the Sterling Blvd Crossing.
This Saturday in Sterling: W&OD Rail Trail Litter Cleanup! Hosted by LoCo Ruckers -When/where to start: Outside Rocket Frog Brewery at 9am -Gear: Gloves, seasonal attire, water, cell phone. -What: We'll be breaking off into groups to cleanup litter along designated portions of the rail trail during the morning. Contractor bags will be supplied, though if you have any their contribution would be great. https://www.facebook.com/events/711275356418986
Today's W&OD Trail Cleanup which was cancelled has been rescheduled for Saturday March 13 starting at 9am. Same plan, new date, hopefully with less snow/ice covering the trash. All interested in cleaning up the trail are welcome to attend.
Since fall is here, it's a great time for litter pickup along trails. All the underbrush is receding for winter. Anyone have suggestions for trails LoCo Ruckers can give a little cleaning to? We last did Bles Park
LoCo Ruckers cleaned a fairly heavily littered section of Bles Park along the Potomac Heritage Trail this evening. I want to thank Jing, Julie, Allen, and Natasha for making it out tonight. We filled up whole trash bin (overflowing) with trash we found, especially along the riverbank.
My son and I went for a hike this morning at Red Rock Overlook. Play this on a loop if you need some zen! :)
On November 15, 2017, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors (BOS) will vote on whether to allow a 750,000-square-foot data center to locate on Sycolin Road., right on the Goose Creek..
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