Kris Wood, the interim executive director of Cleveland/Bradley Keep America Beautiful, recently spoke to the Bradley Sunrise Rotary Club about the organization.
Wood said her biggest goal is to continue to promote KAB’s efforts to educate the public on the importance of protecting the environment.
“Our goal is to have a clean, green planet, and we are using education in our schools to get students — and their families — excited about the environment.”
At the request of local school teachers, KAB volunteers offer free activities such as sunflower planting for students.
The organization also involves students in the upper grades, as well as local college students, in a variety of volunteer projects throughout the year.
Wood also explained that one of the biggest ways people can help the environment is by responsibly disposing of waste and recycling what can be reused.
One of the organization’s current goals is to encourage more people to recycle household items such as paper, aluminum and plastic.
“Tennessee is 38th in recycling in this country,” said Wood. “We can do better!”
There are three recycling locations in Bradley County:
• Bradley County Landfill — 282 Natures Trail, McDonald — open Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.;
• Peerless Road Facility — 3110 Peerless Road, Cleveland — open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
• Urbane Road Facility — 234 Urbane Road, Cleveland — open Tuesday and Thursday 1-5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Wood added there are lots of opportunities for the community to get involved with KAB by volunteering.
For more information, visit www.clevelandtn.gov/kab
or find Cleveland/Bradley Keep America Beautiful on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.