As the year comes to an end, we reflect on how fortunate we are to live in a vibrant city full of opportunity. There are many ways to support our neighbors, and we are excited to share the ideas we have cultivated to give back and minimize environment impact all while supporting our local economy!
You guessed it – we’re number one on the list! Keep Denton Beautiful has a variety of ways for you to get involved from garden workdays to litter cleanups. The Meetup Cleanup program – a one-time cleanup opportunity where you choose the date and time, and we provide the location and supplies – is a great way to check us out. Last year, over 2 tons of trash were removed from our city through this cleanup program alone!
Did you know the Denton Parks Foundation offers scholarships to provide access to recreational opportunities and low-cost childcare? For those who are passionate about children and parks and rec, donating to Parks Foundation scholarships is a win-win!
Minimize Environmental Impact
Gift Experiences – think a gift card to a favorite restaurant, session pass to a yoga class, tickets to a show at Dan’s Silverleaf, or a VIP pass to the upcoming Denton Black Film Festival. Experiences make great last-minute gifts, minimize packaging, and ensure you get to spend time with your loved one, too!
Recycle – There are many ways to reuse items that are often thrown away, especially after a generous holiday season. From arts and crafts to eyeglasses and books, we’ve got you covered!
- SCRAP Denton accepts SO MANY different types of items that can be re-imagined by their new owner. Check out their user-friendly guide to what SCRAP is currently accepting.
- The Denton Hi Noon Lions collect and recycle used eye glasses of all sizes and styles. For a list of drop-off locations visit their website.
- Linda McNatt Animal Shelter accepts used towels and blankets. Keep our furry friends comfortable while they wait to join their perfect family.
- Denton Libraries take donations of used materials such as books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks. Visit their website for complete details.
- Thrift Stores – Denton has a few options to support local organizations while recycling used items. A few locations to consider: Upscale Resale benefiting Denton County Friends of the family; Ruth’s Room in support of Habitat for Humanity of Denton County; Twice As Nice Resale helping Woman to Woman Pregnancy Resource Center.
Gifting experiences not only minimizes the potential for items already in our homes to be discarded, but also supports the local economy! Shopping local is a great way to support your neighbors. You can make your own creation by purchasing supplies at SCRAP Denton or enjoy locally made wares sold at The DIME Store, Denton Community Market, and craft fairs – check out local churches and high schools.
Did you know? Cigarette butts are not made of natural fiber, but rather cellulose acetate – the same plastic compound that makes sunglasses frames!
With the help of grant funding from Keep America Beautiful’s Cigarette Litter Prevention Program, Keep Denton Beautiful (KDB) is working diligently to combat the number #1 most littered item in the United States – cigarette butts. Our most recent effort is the installation of 20 more receptacles in Downtown Denton and the Fry Street Area. While you may have noticed a ground mounted model, the newly installed Sidewalk Buttlers are attached to existing sign posts. Creating awareness that cigarette butts are litter too is important. Keep an eye out for receptacles when you are in Downtown Denton or on Fry Street.
Volunteers are essential to the success of the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP), and regularly monitor and empty the receptacles. Quarterly scans, where littered cigarette butts are counted to determine the impact of the receptacles, are also staffed by volunteers. Interested in helping? Email KDB Program & Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note volunteers must be 18 years of age to assist with CLPP.