Keep Houston Beautiful

Keep Houston Beautiful Keep Houston Beautiful provides resources and education to inspire individuals and Houston communities toward greater environmental stewardship. It is the city’s leading organization in litter reduction, beautification and recycling education.

Graffiti is litter, too. It has a negative effect on community appearances and even changes community perception to it n...
07/16/2020

Graffiti is litter, too. It has a negative effect on community appearances and even changes community perception to it not being as safe or prosperous. Graffiti on private or public owned property is not Art...EVER. But it is illegal. Report graffiti you see, and especially those you see doing it.

#graffittihurts

This week's graffiti at the Greenway. The Conservancy is blessed to have the help of Brays Oaks Management District's graffiti abatement service. We never give up, we know if you do not get rid of it quickly it just breeds more.

07/14/2020
Goodful

Creative beautiful spaces are the best! We want to see what you’ve done with your landscape this summer. Post pics in the comments below!

5 small-space gardening ideas 🌱

Mark you calendars now! You won’t want to miss this one.
07/12/2020

Mark you calendars now! You won’t want to miss this one.

What’s different about our viewing of “The Story of Plastic”? Glad you asked!

We’re hosting a live discussion and reaction to the film with local experts from Keep Houston Beautiful, Turtle Island Restoration Network, Green Building Resource Center, Houston, TX, University of Houston’s Valenti School, Galveston Bay Foundation, and BASF! This will give you a chance to learn more, ask questions, and connect with like-minded individuals who are serious about reducing their personal impact.

For more info and registration, you can check out our Eventbrite at https://tinyurl.com/y4x7olfu

The Houston-Galveston Area Council's (H-GAC) Clean River Program is charged with conducting water quality monitoring and...
07/08/2020
2020 Basin Highlights Report

The Houston-Galveston Area Council's (H-GAC) Clean River Program is charged with conducting water quality monitoring and assessment to determine the health of water bodies throughout the region. This report will give you a terrific in-depth look into the health of local water ways.

https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/8e3af546ea1744d2be49751149d7a2c8

Harness the power of maps to tell stories that matter. ArcGIS StoryMaps has everything you need to create remarkable stories that give your maps meaning.

Our ED snapped a few pics at her local drop off center in Clear Lake when she took her recycling over the weekend. Conta...
07/06/2020

Our ED snapped a few pics at her local drop off center in Clear Lake when she took her recycling over the weekend. Contamination and Wish-cycling are still major problems with recycling in Houston. Take a look at these pics and let us know what you see in this PLASTIC recycling container that DOES NOT belong. We’ll get the list started for you.😎

1. Cardboard
2. Trash bags
3. Bubble wrap
4. Plastic crates and lids
5. Plastic shopping bags
6. Plastic wrap from packaging
7. Packaging material from food products
8. ???

#recyclerighthtown
#wishcycling #contamination
#keephoustonbeautiful

We want to wish all of our friends a very Happy and Safe 4th of July! Do something great for your nation today: pick up ...
07/04/2020

We want to wish all of our friends a very Happy and Safe 4th of July! Do something great for your nation today: pick up a piece of litter and put it in its proper place...the trash can. Just imagine how beautiful our nation would be tomorrow if every single citizen picked up a piece of litter today! Fireworks remnants are very harmful to local wildlife and domestic pets. So if you’re lighting up the sky this 4th, be sure to clean up the ground too.

#happy4thofjuly
#celebratelitterfree
#keephoustonbeautiful

During this time when we can't get out for our big clean-up events, your family can still get out and help make a differ...
07/02/2020

During this time when we can't get out for our big clean-up events, your family can still get out and help make a difference together! We have partnered with our friends at the Houston Community ToolBank to provide clean-up kits for your family to perform neighborhood and park clean-ups. Want more information? Email us at [email protected]

FAMILY CLEAN UP KITS
A PARTNERSHIP WITH HOUSTON COMMUNITY TOOLBANK
We want to help you clean up your neighborhood and parks! While many volunteer projects have been postponed or cancelled, KHB and the ToolBank are providing kits for your household to clean up in your local neighborhood or park.
The kits include:
• 4 trash grabbers
• 8 trash bags
• 4 pairs of cloth gloves (note: the ToolBank does not currently have child size available).

07/01/2020
BBC Springwatch

THIS beautiful creature is one of the reasons we don’t want litter on the ground where it will travel to the ocean.

#nomorelitter
#cleanupthemess
#itsaboutmorethanus
#keephoustonbeautiful

Seals are basically labradors of the sea! 😍

with Ben Burville 💚

BBC Earth

This is one of the coolest repurposing projects we’ve ever seen! Do you think you could live in the tiny house on wheels...
06/28/2020

This is one of the coolest repurposing projects we’ve ever seen! Do you think you could live in the tiny house on wheels?

This school bus ‘tiny house on wheels’ conversion is SO NICE!!! 😍😳 (@going_boundless)

We are taking a poll and we want to know what YOU think the greatest type of litter there is in the community, and where...
06/24/2020

We are taking a poll and we want to know what YOU think the greatest type of litter there is in the community, and where it comes from. Let us know in the comments below!

#litter #community
#Wheredoeslittercomefrom
#litterbugsus

Good information from our friends at H-GAC Recycling !
06/22/2020

Good information from our friends at H-GAC Recycling !

Glass can be recycled to make lots of different things, like insulation, home design products, and new glass containers. But recycling broken glass can be dangerous to you and the sanitation workers. Check out some of these fun ideas for re-using broken glass.
https://earth911.com/home-garden/how-to-recycle-weird-glass/

Wanna say THANKS to some of our local super hero’s who help take care of our City day in and day out? Here’s a terrific ...
06/21/2020

Wanna say THANKS to some of our local super hero’s who help take care of our City day in and day out? Here’s a terrific way to do just that!

Here's a fun way for your kids to thank our crew members. 🤩 Download this coloring sheet and tape your artwork to your recycling bin next week! 🖍️ ❤️ Or, tag us in a photo of your kids + their art so we can share. 📸
https://bit.ly/37Bybqg
#GarbageManDay #SolidWaste #HoustonTX

We want to work with your multi-residential complex on a grant funded pilot recycling program. Contact us today at info@...
06/19/2020

We want to work with your multi-residential complex on a grant funded pilot recycling program. Contact us today at [email protected] to see how we can partner on this initiative.

#recycling #apartments #multiresidential
#recyclingmatters #keephoustonbeautiful

We want to work with your multi-residential complex on a grant funded pilot recycling program. Contact us today at info@...
06/19/2020

We want to work with your multi-residential complex on a grant funded pilot recycling program. Contact us today at [email protected] to see how we can partner on this initiative.

#recycling #apartments #multiresidential
#recyclingmatters #keephoustonbeautiful

We can’t wait for this wonderful educational opportunity. You don’t want to miss it!#repost @keeptxbeautiful with @make_...
06/19/2020

We can’t wait for this wonderful educational opportunity. You don’t want to miss it!#repost @keeptxbeautiful with @make_repost
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#ICYMI The Annual KTB Conference has gone virtual, in lieu of the Houston event.
Our virtual event will be August 25-26, held from 9am-5pm each day. You'll be able to hear from experts in educational sessions, chat with other attendees, network digitally, join interactive activities and a private Facebook group, and more.
While we are sad we will not be able to re-connect with each of you in-person, we are excited to offer an equally educational event that's even more accessible and inclusive to all. Learn more and register to attend at ktb.org/conference.

It’s unfortunate we are seeing so many PPE littering our community. We see this in parks, parking lots and even in our n...
06/19/2020

It’s unfortunate we are seeing so many PPE littering our community. We see this in parks, parking lots and even in our neighborhoods. This type of litter is harmful to everyone. Thanks to the folks at Recycling Partnership for a great way to remind everyone where these items belong.

#ppeisnotrecyclable
#putlitterinitsplace
#cleancommunity #healthycommunity
#litterharmsusall
#keephoustonbeautiful

Masks, gloves, and wipes belong in the trash, properly bagged. Please do not attempt to recycle or flush. And, absolutely no littering. Thank you for helping protect our community and planet.

Are you looking to get “one” with nature and in a really cool way? We found where we’d like to be social distancing from...
06/18/2020
Spend The Night In A Whimsical Treetop Cabin At HoneyTree Farm In Texas

Are you looking to get “one” with nature and in a really cool way? We found where we’d like to be social distancing from.

#treehouse
#treetops #relaxwithnature
#takeabreak

Live Oak Treehouse in Texas is situated amidst a grove of trees, affording guests the opportunity to intertwine themselves with nature.

Water is one of our most valuable resources. Misplaced sprinkler heads, leaks, and overuse can create big problems for y...
06/18/2020

Water is one of our most valuable resources. Misplaced sprinkler heads, leaks, and overuse can create big problems for your yard and your pocketbook. Check out this free tool from our friends at Houston Public Works and see where it can help you.

#water #valuableresource
#dontwasteit
#keephoustonbeautiful

FREE TOOL to save you 💲 & 💧😀 sign up to get customized tips on when & how much to water your yard this summer. Visit https://watermyyard.org/#/Location to learn more💦 #HouWater #WaterWednesday #ValueWater

Keep Houston Beautiful's cover photo
06/17/2020

Keep Houston Beautiful's cover photo

Just a little Wednesday morning humor for you that we are sure most with kids can relate to. Please don’t forget to #rec...
06/17/2020

Just a little Wednesday morning humor for you that we are sure most with kids can relate to. Please don’t forget to #recycle “not mine’s” water bottles! 💚♻️💚♻️

#recycleRIGHTHtown
#plasticbottles
#keephoustonbeautiful

Great opportunity provided by our friends and community partner, the Houston Community ToolBank. We want to see your gar...
06/17/2020

Great opportunity provided by our friends and community partner, the Houston Community ToolBank.
We want to see your gardens! Post your pics in the comments below.😎

In effort to support our community during the new normal, we’re excited to announce select lending for individuals! The first type of lending, for your private “resurgence garden”, modeled after the gardens that citizens planted during World War I and World War II to increase food production.

http://www.houstontoolbank.org/resurgence-garden/

Shout Out to KPRC2 / Click2Houston for the great information about plastic bag recycling and sharing info about the Recy...
06/16/2020
Ask 2: What types of plastic bags can be recycled in Houston?

Shout Out to KPRC2 / Click2Houston for the great information about plastic bag recycling and sharing info about the Recycle Coach app that we are partnered with for our #recycleRIGHTHtown initiative. If you haven't seen it or heard about it, check it out here:

https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2020/06/10/ask-2-what-types-of-plastic-bags-can-be-recycled-in-houston/

At KPRC 2, we’re dedicated to keeping Houstonians informed. As part of our Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston.

We want you to #recycleRIGHTHtown , and we want to help you with it. You can start by downloading the Recycle Coach app ...
06/16/2020

We want you to #recycleRIGHTHtown , and we want to help you with it. You can start by downloading the Recycle Coach app to help with information on local recycling. Then go to our website and find out more about Recycle Right in H-town!

http://www.houstonbeautiful.org/recycleright.html
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#recycle #right #recyclecartknowledge
#keephoustonbeautiful

Great food for thought!
06/16/2020

Great food for thought!

Think about this...

Are you looking for a way to create a beautiful wildscape in your yard? Here are ten tips to help you out. We’d love to ...
06/15/2020

Are you looking for a way to create a beautiful wildscape in your yard? Here are ten tips to help you out. We’d love to see your yard pics! Post them in the comments below. 🌻🐝🦋

TEN TIPS FOR CREATING A HOME WILDSCAPE
(Thanks to Native Plant Society of Texas for this repost! Planning to transform some of your landscape into a native garden? Here are some great tips from Houston Chapter NPSOT member Lauren Jansen Simpson.

1. Use native plants. The most important rule of thumb is to incorporate plants that are native to your eco-region as much as possible. There are many reasons for this, but one of the most important is that insects often cannot consume plants that they have not co-evolved with because they cannot digest the chemicals in the leaf or pollen. Moreover, if an aggressive native plant gets out of your garden, it doesn’t matter because it was always in this area. In contrast, if a non-native, invasive species that nothing here eats gets out, it will have an advantage over our native plants, crowding them out and leaving less food for our native insects. So always lean toward using native plants. And when you incorporate non-native plants, always first ensure that they are not invasive.

2. Put plants with similar needs together. Make sure that you plant things that have similar needs in the same area. For thinking about needs of plants, consider sun, water, and soil. For example, you don’t want to put a plant that wants lots of water beside a plant that doesn’t.

3. Plant in clusters of species. The more you plant clusters of individual plant species, the more intentional your garden will look. A good rule of thumb is that you want to plant clusters of odd numbers of a single plant: three, five, seven. You can have multiple clusters of the same species in different parts of the garden. Not only does clustering serve an aesthetic purpose, giving the eye a place to rest and looking intentional, but it also serves a biological function. For example, some insects (especially bees) practice “flower constancy,” where they like to feed on the nectar and pollen of a single plant species before moving on to another. So if you give them a big cluster of a single plant species, you make their life easier. The same goes for pollen and leaf specialist insects, who can digest the leaf or pollen of only those plants in a particular family, genus, or species. By clustering some of your plants in the garden, you might be helping them find the food sources they need more easily.

4. Plant a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Variety is the spice of life, including for insects! This takes several forms. First, you want to ensure that you have something blooming in the garden during all seasons, so that critters can feed throughout the year. So when you select plants, look for bloom time. Second, you want flowers of different colors. Insects do not see colors the same way as each other or as humans do. For example, bees have a hard time distinguishing red from green, but they can see yellow, white, and purple particularly well. Likewise, hummingbirds and butterflies are particularly drawn to reds. So having an assortment of colors in your garden supports more insects. Third, you want a variety of flower shapes and sizes. Insects have a wide range of mouthpart shapes and sizes, and their bodies are bigger or smaller, relative to each other. So the more shapes and sizes of flowers you have, the wider variety of insects you will invite.

5. Aim for density. You want to think about how the plant will eventually fill the space. Density without overcrowding is a good thing. For example, dense plantings suppress the growth of weeds underneath. This means less weeding.

6. Think about plant height. You also want to think about how tall any plant you install might ultimately get. You want to put those tall “structural” plants in strategic areas, with medium and low plants around them, to make your garden look intentional.

7. Don’t use pesticides. Pesticides are equal-opportunity killers. They might kill those insects eating your plants, but they will also kill many other insects—including those that would keep pests in check naturally. In a healthy garden, predators and parasitoids—many of which are insects themselves—will take care of the pests in our gardens.

8. Use borders. To make your garden look more intentional, border your garden beds distinctly. Doing this shows intentional design, which can help the community accept your wildscape. 

9. Plant for the babies. When we think of pollinators, we often think of the adults and what they need to survive—for example, adult butterflies and nectar sources. But insects may eat very different things in their larval stages. So make sure to incorporate plants that feed the larvae, not just the adults. As an example, to support a robust butterfly population, you need not just nectar plants, but plants with leaves the caterpillars can eat (“host plants”).

10. Embrace imperfection. Doing less in a wildlife-habitat garden can actually benefit wildlife. For example, we should not cut back stems over winter. Some native bee species nest in pithy or hollow stems, so that if we cut back dead stems, we might be throwing out bee larvae. We should also leave the leaves that fall on the ground, or collect them and use them instead of mulch. Some wildlife overwinters under leaf cover, and other insects’ pupae might be attached to fallen leaves. And we should also avoid mowing over early spring wildflowers because these may be the only food source available to insects coming out of diapause (like hibernation).

Good morning from one of the many tiny creatures who benefits from a litter free environment! #itsnotjustaboutus#litteri...
06/14/2020
Nature in Katy, Texas

Good morning from one of the many tiny creatures who benefits from a litter free environment!

#itsnotjustaboutus
#litterisharmful
#keephoustonbeautiful

Isn’t he beautiful!

Did you know you can support KHB simply by shopping for your favorite things on Amazon? Add AmazonSmile through your app...
06/13/2020

Did you know you can support KHB simply by shopping for your favorite things on Amazon?

Add AmazonSmile through your app settings and then add us, Keep Houston Beautiful! It’s that easy and it can help us out a lot.

#support #khb
#keephoustonbeautiful

#recycleRIGHTHtown
06/11/2020

#recycleRIGHTHtown

Masks and gloves are not recyclable.

Today is #worldoceansday ! What we drop on the ground in our cities ends up in our oceans and other water ways. Did you ...
06/08/2020

Today is #worldoceansday ! What we drop on the ground in our cities ends up in our oceans and other water ways. Did you know that KHB partners with Houston Public Works on a great program called Adopt a Drain where you can adopt your own storm drain, keep it clean, help prevent flooding in your community AND litter from traveling to other waterways? What are you waiting for? Adopt your drain today: houstonadroptadrain.org
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#protectouroceans
#dosomethingbeautiful
#nomorelittering
#adoptadrain
#keephoustonbeautiful

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Ten years ago this week the Westbury Community garden sprang to life as part of Keep America Beautiful' s Great American Clean up. Thanks KHB! . #nationalgardeningday
Banks of Brays Bayou at MacGregor Park, 2/25/20
regular haul from a block around my house in Garden Villas neighborhood in Southeast Houston...keep Houston trashy!
Sims Bayou at Reveille park, plastic bottles and polystyrene garbage as far as the eye can see...
Kingspoint Rd at Gulf Freeway
Is there any way to get the city of houston to stop mowing garbage (that could be picked up) into smaller pieces of garbage? I see it happening all over town. (video from at Main and Cleburne)
Thank you KHB for loaning us to the tool to have a successful community cleanup in partnership with YES Prep Lawndale and Greater East End Management District. Together, we de-littered 2 miles of hike and bike trails and lifted 50 trees that was blocking trail access.
Eastwood Park Phase 2 beautification was a huge success thanks to so many members of the local community, Luz del Mundo, Greater East End Management District, many awesome City of Houston employees, and Keep Houston Beautiful. Councilwoman Cisneros was excited to see the renewal of a 1930s park that is very heavily utilized by the local neighborhoods and churches. Looking forward to the next phases.
Windsor Village Singles Ministry Leadership Team beautifying West Orem.
The Shape Community Center and the Blackshear Elementary projects had a great turnout, lots of energy, live music, and fun. The surrounding four blocks had at least 75+volunteers.