This month the City of Lexington was awarded a grant of $750.00 as part of Keep Virginia Beautiful’s annual “30 Grants in Thirty Days” program. Government, non-profit, civic and service organizations in Virginia were invited to apply for grants for $500 to $1,000 describing how they plan to tackle an environmental concern in their community regarding Litter Prevention, Recycling, Cigarette Litter Prevention, or Community Beautification. Lexington’s grant was awarded in the Recycling category.
After distributing new recycling containers last year, the City will continue recycling efforts with this opportunity to expand on educational outreach. Grant funds from Keep Virginia Beautiful will help the City to visit schools, hold events in public spaces, send direct mailers, and design and disseminate educational materials throughout the community. The City’s overall goal is to boost recycling participation rates. Currently, 25-30 percent of Lexington households recycle weekly. “We’re hoping our participation rate will increase with more awareness of recycling and its benefits,” said Jeff Martone, Director of Public Works.
Since 2011, Keep Virginia Beautiful has provided over $178,000 to fund 230 environmental projects and programs all across the Commonwealth. The mission at Keep Virginia Beautiful is to engage and unite Virginians to improve our natural and scenic environment through five impact areas: Litter Prevention, Waste Reduction, Recycling, Beautification, and Environmental Education. For more information on KVB, go to KeepVirginiaBeautiful.org.