Warm Hearth Village has been awarded a 30 in Thirty Grant of $750 in the Recycling category. Warm Hearth Village, a retirement community in Blacksburg, is initiating a “Plastic Bag Take Back Day” to promote education about recycling, and reducing the consumption of plastic shopping bags. With 30 in Thirty funds provided by Keep Virginia Beautiful, they will offer reusable tote bags to residents and create two educational exhibits. These educational tools will focus on the prevalence of plastic and its effect on streams and landfills. This project will reduce the amount of plastic going through the trash system at the retirement community and being sent to landfills, and create a greater awareness of plastic and its effects on the environment.
Government, non-profit, civic and service organizations in Virginia were invited to apply for 30 in Thirty Grants for $500 to $1,000 telling how they are addressing these pressing issues: Litter Prevention, Recycling, Cigarette Litter Prevention, and Community Beautification. Since 2011, Keep Virginia Beautiful has provided over $110,000 to 140 organizations throughout the state. This year, for the first time, we are awarding 45 grants because of the generosity of our partners at Altria, Keep America Beautiful, WestRock Foundation and Trex.