We awarded the New River Resource Authority in Southwest, Virginia a $750 30 in Thirty grant for their recycling proposal called, “Bags for Benches.” New River will use the funds to purchase approximately ten plastic bag recycling containers that will be installed at the landfill, the libraries, and other areas. The collected bags will then be recycled and used to make benches that will be placed in area parks. The goal is to reduce the amount of plastic bags that are littered on roadsides, parks, and creek sides, or going to the landfill.
Government, non-profit, civic, and service organizations in Virginia were invited to apply for 30 in Thirty grants for $500 to $2,000 describing how they plan to address Litter Prevention, Recycling, Cigarette Litter Prevention, or Beautification in their communities. Since 2011, Keep Virginia Beautiful has provided over $145,000 to 195 projects throughout the Commonwealth. This year, we partnered with Altria, Keep America Beautiful, and Deep Run Dance Marathon to make the program possible.