Keep Sidney Beautiful & St. Patrick’s Church Book Club

Cheyenne County, NE— February 6, 2020 —  Keep Sidney Beautiful was invited to the St. Patrick’s Church Book club to discuss environment and recycling after the group read ‘Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home,’ an encyclical written by Pope Francis. In his writing, Pope Francis calls for “a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet,” and urges the whole human family to work together, knowing that change is possible. As stated in the subtitle, the theme of our planet being a common home is reiterated to stress the importance of looking at how one’s actions effect those around them. “Our climate is a common good belonging to and meant for all.”

During this meeting, KSB and the Book Club brainstormed ways to reduce impact and talked about being more aware of our actions.  Everyone was asked to take a hard look at the price of convenience: is a grab and go single use water bottle, that will last in landfills for 500 years, worth the convenience of not having to fill up a bottle yourself? Is buying a multiple water bottles a day more cost effective than buying a water filter and reusable bottle? Is taking an extra moment to remember your reusable grocery bags, worth more or less than single use bags in the landfill? These two items are the most common forms of litter found in our streets, fields, and waterways, so by eliminating them from your routine, you are making a huge impact with little effort.

Different options for recycling in our area were discussed, from improving the services offered in Sidney and Cheyenne County, to utilizing services provided by our neighbors and Keep America Beautiful Affiliates in Kimball and Ogallala. In sticking with the “Common Home” theme of the encyclical, the group talked about how we can work with our neighbors to simplify our recycling, be more efficient, and help to keep our communities clean and beautiful. While Keep Sidney Beautiful works to address some of the limitations in Cheyenne County, community members can work together to make sure recycling gets to it proper place, by sharing transport and fuel costs, and educating each other about the benefits of recycling, reducing our dependence on plastics, and being more conscientious about our actions.

Spring Community Clean-Up!

March 28th, 2020 10am – 2pm

Join the Keep Sidney Beautiful Board in cleaning up our towns and villages!

This is going to be the first of our scheduled community clean up for 2020, and the start of the Great American Clean Up line of events.
Keep Sidney Beautiful will be hosting a series of events from March – May as part of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Clean Up.

We are looking for teams of volunteers to help us get litter off the streets and sidewalks of our towns and villages. This event will allow us to index our communities in preparation for the Great Trash Race.

Depending on how many volunteers we have sign up, we will send teams out to each village in Cheyenne County.

Follow Keep Sidney Beautiful on Facebook to join the event and get the latest updates!

Keep Sidney Beautiful – Yard of the Month

Cheyenne County, NE— January 17, 2020Keep Sidney Beautiful is happy to announce the return of Yard of the Month! We want to encourage all Cheyenne County residents to take part in the ultimate bragging rights competition, with this month’s theme: Farms in Winter. Keep Sidney Beautiful heading out of town and beyond the villages to find the most beautiful farm in Cheyenne County. The winner will be featured in the Sidney Sun Telegraph, Cheyenne County Chamber Newsletters, and on the Keep Sidney Beautiful Facebook page.

Keep Sidney Beautiful serves the whole Cheyenne County area through out-reach, education, and events to reduce litter, increase recycling, and to beautify our communities. We want residents to take pride in where they live and appreciate the beauty of western Nebraska. As our organization grows, we look forward to being able to offer more services, and even better prizes for our events and competitions. In the past, Yard of the Month, was limited to the summer months and certain holidays, but we feel it is important to recognize the beauty around us during all times of the year!

Send your Yard of the Month nominations to Keep Sidney Beautiful by messaging us on Facebook, by phone (308)249-5851, or via e-mail: info@keepsidneybeautiful.org.

New Website for Keep Sidney Beautiful

Welcome to the new Keep Sidney Beautiful website! Here you will find all the resources you need to be part of the Keep Sidney Beautiful Community. Along the top of the page, you will find links to our News & Events, our blog, and volunteer information.

This page is still very much under construction, and it will be going through changes as we find the best way to use this site to serve the community.

Please feel free to drop us a line, and let KSB know what you want to see!

-Jason

Reintroducing: Small Electronics Recycling

Keep Sidney Beautiful is excited to announce we are once again accepting ink and laser cartridges and small electronics including cell phones and tablets! We’ll be placing collection boxes at village offices in Cheyenne County, so call us to check where your closest box is!

We’re able to collect electronics due to Funding Factory. Proceeds from the recycling rewards are returned to Keep Sidney Beautiful when we ship them a box full of electronics and cartridges. If you’d like to help raise funds for Keep Sidney Beautiful, go to Funding Factory online today or call us for more information!

The Great Trash Race 2019

The Great Trash Race 2019 happened on August 10 this year! We had some amazing teams show up to collect waste and litter from public areas to beautify and clean the community and encourage its safety. OHD took 1st place with 72 bags of trash, followed by the Unified Raiders in 2nd place. Overall, 1640 pounds of litter were collected! We’re looking forward to 2020!