“Keep America Beautiful” believes that each person has an obligation to protect the environment. Through positive choices, collectively, citizens can have an impact on the world. By taking a practical approach to preventing litter, reducing waste and beautifying communities, local living standards and quality of life can be enhanced. Every year, Americans, on average generate 251.3 million tons of garbage. Awareness of waste issues allows people to make informed choices and take action to lessen impact on land fills. Keep America Beautiful takes place throughout the United States from March through the end of May. In April there were a number of “green” events taking place in the area. Recently the Humble Area Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee hosted a spring recycling day. Despite the threatening weather, area residents brought plastics, laptops, cell phones and paper to be recycled. “Everyone is encouraged to recycle,” said Tom Cook, committee chairman. “Recycling helps keep the community beautiful. “AbitibiBowater, among the largest recyclers of newspapers and magazines in the world, has been kind enough to provide us with the recycling bins,” Cook added. Abitibi Paper Retrievers are the familiar yellow and green rubbish bins seen in many area businesses’ parking lots and school grounds. Another community participant in keeping America beautiful was the City of Humble’s “Adopt-A-City Street” project. Volunteers were busy cleaning trash from along their adopted roadways. More businesses and civic-minded groups are needed to make this project a success. For additional information regarding this project, call 281-319-9788. On a larger scale, the Earth Day Network is calling for people, worldwide, to become committed to fight climate change. Earth Day Network has a global reach with a network of more than 17,000 partners and organizations in 174 countries. For more information, go to www.earthday.net. For local environmental groups, go to www.kingwoodgreen.org or call Keep Kingwood Beautiful at 281-358-1010. Photo: “I saved all of this to bring to you instead of the landfill,” said Joyce Hess ,of Humble. Amanda Howard, Brittney Hempel and Austin Jensen of Lone Star College-Kingwood helped Hess unload her van. Photo by Bonnie McKenna.