The Town of Luray has been awarded a $750 grant in the Recycling Category. The Keep Virginia Beautiful 30 in 30 grant program focuses greater resources and attention on organizations and individual localities throughout the Commonwealth and how they are addressing the issues of litter prevention, recycling, waste reduction, beautification and education.
Luray has recently progressed from a small town into an event and tourist destination. The Festival of Spring will be held on May 12th and draws more than 5,000 visitors to town. In addition, the town will host the annual Luray Triathlon on August 18th & 19th with last year resulting in over 1,400 participants and an estimated 6,000 visitors. 2012 is especially an exciting time for the town’s visitors and citizens with over 40 events already planned, in addition to the town’s 200th Anniversary celebration. Currently, the town owns about twelve recycling bins that are set up at each event. These portable bins allow the town to reduce refuse by providing an easy and convenient location for recycling thereby helping maintain the natural beauty in the Shenandoah Valley. In order to continue this important litter prevention and recycling program, Luray will purchase several more bins and bags. The need for this is great, as Luray has already initiated a strong town-wide recycling program at NO COST to town citizens. In addition, the presence of these portable containers at all events will only solidify the Town’s commitment to being a true “green” community.
KVB provided the opportunity for government, non-profit and/or service organizations in Virginia to apply for one of thirty grants ranging from $500 to $1,000 in three different categories: Beautification, Litter Prevention, and Recycling. These grants are made possible by KVB partners – Capital One, Waste Management and Lowe’s.
The mission at Keep Virginia Beautiful is to engage and unite Virginians to improve our natural and scenic environment through 5 impact areas: Litter Prevention, Waste Reduction, Recycling, Beautification, and Environmental Education.