Great American Cleanup


KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL of Edgecombe and Nash Counties is YOUR certified affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, the nation's largest community improvement network. Click here to find out about the national KAB.

The goal of KAB is to make the Twin Counties cleaner and more attractive by uniting efforts of neighborhood groups, churches, businesses, government agencies, service clubs and youth groups.

KAB is a joint venture of government and the private sector. Edgecombe and Nash Counties and the City of Rocky Mount provide the basic operating budget. KAB works to mobilize volunteers and coordinate special projects.

KAB works through its volunteers, businesses, and interested civic and governmental groups to identify, develop and coordinate programs to accomplish a sustained and substantial reduction in litter and awareness of other environmental issues. We believe that, through education and community involvement, we can encourage a sense of pride and responsibility in all citizens for the cleanliness and beauty of our area.

KAB is working to improve community litter habits and understanding of the impact of litter on our natural and neighborhood environments in four major ways:

  • KAB coordinates and promotes the Adopt-a-Spot litter pickup program which enables individuals, families, churches and other civic groups to adopt a street, stream or spot on a long term basis
  • KAB organizes and supports volunteers in and conducting one time litter pickups and promotes participation in seasonal litter pickups such as the spring Clean Sweep and the North Carolina Big Sweep in the fall.
  • KAB conducts and supports volunteers in teaching litter education programs in schools, churches, boys and girls clubs, scout troops, and at special community events such as the Downeast Festival of the Arts and other expos and educational events
  • KAB promotes waste reduction and recycling through programs such as the Rocky Mount area and Tarboro area phonebook recycling programs

KAB is funded by our tax dollars and is here to serve our community, so please utilize our KAB programs. The KAB coordinator offers litter education presentations free of charge, to businesses, civic groups, and schools. We also participate in community fairs, conferences and other local events.

For more information about Keep America Beautiful, please contact Cornelia McGee at (252) 467-4960. To register as a KAB volunteer and to receive information about KAB, please click here.

In August of 1987 our local affiliate chapter of Keep America Beautiful was formed. Its founders titled our chapter the "C.L.E.A.N. Team" (Clean Up Litter in Edgecombe And Nash).

Shortly thereafter Keep America Beautiful, Inc. determined that including the national name "Keep America Beautiful" in the names of its affiliates would be of benefit to everyone. This prompted our organization to change its name to the current one, "Keep America Beautiful of Nash and Edgecombe Counties".