Republic in honor of Earth Day, provides great recycling tips!

Check out the link below to go to the video and tips!

 

We understand it can be overwhelming when trying to decide what can and can’t be recycled, and we’re here to help! Check out our video and recycling tips below to help you do your part in reducing contamination in the recycling process.

 

Recycling Tips

Thanks to our 255 volunteers who made the 2018 Don’t Mess With Texas Trash Off a Success!

Volunteers make the 2018 Keep Whitehouse Beautiful “Don’t Mess With Texas Trash Off” another annual Success!

 

Volunteers make the 2018 Keep Whitehouse Beautiful “Don’t Mess With Texas Trash Off” another annual Success!

 

The roadways in the Whitehouse area are cleaner now thanks to 255 participants at the annual “Don’t Mess With Texas Trash Off” and “Great American Clean Up”, organized by Keep Whitehouse Beautiful. Nearly 59 miles of roadway have been cleared of trash!  Some teams are still doing clean up, but to date nearly 200 trash bags of debris have been collected.  All this trash totaled over 4,000 lbs. so far.

Participating teams make all the difference!  Major teams participating from the community included:  WHS Key Club & Student Council, WHS Nat. Honor Society, WHS Football Team, WJHS Builders Club, Brown NEHS and Higgins Elementary, WJHS Nat. Honor Society, Brookshire’s, Republic Services, KWB, Carl Dowdy Roadies, County Road 15 neighborhood, Proforma Horizon Total Source, Tri County Leader and Smith Co. Sheriff’s Office & Trustees.  Also, participants from Adopt-a-Hwy and Adopt-a-Road groups:   Whitehouse Church of God in Christ, Whitehouse United Methodist Church, First Ladies Drill Team at Whitehouse HS and Church Under the Bridge Tyler.  Participation of community leaders Aaron Smith, City of Whitehouse Manager and Chris Moran, Whitehouse Independent School District Superintendent, was greatly appreciated.  The participation of Kathi White and Georgia Eades from TXDOT was an appreciated addition this year.

Keep Whitehouse Beautiful offers special thanks to our sponsors and business friends who are listed elsewhere on this page and provide monetary or in kind donations for the Trash Off and other projects and events KWB leads throughout the year. We especially want to thank Republic Services for providing the great lunch with their grilling trailer!  In addition, coupons from Chick fil A, Dairy Queen and McDonalds were also distributed to volunteers.

You can make a difference in keeping Whitehouse beautiful! You can continue the spirit of the Trash Off every day by keeping litter off our roadways!  You can also form a TXDOT Adopt-A-Hwy group.  Please take advantage of Republic’s curbside recycling within Whitehouse City limits.  Additionally, you can become a member of Keep Whitehouse Beautiful by emailing us at info@keepwhitehousebeautiful.com.  Please like us on Facebook or visit our website keepwhitehousebeautiful.com, where donations are also welcome.

Who keeps Whitehouse beautiful?  You do!!

I am only one, but still I am one.  And I cannot do everything but still I can do something.  And just because I cannot do everything; I will not refuse to do the something I can do.

Edward Everett

 

Members of Whitehouse Church of God in Christ challenge YOU to keep our community clean!

Join the community in cleaning our roadsides as part of the Don’t Mess with Texas Trash Off. Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 14, in City Park for road assignments. Sign up early by emailing group or individual’s name to register@keepwhitehousebeautiful.com.  You do not need to be in a group to participate.

Cain Sidewalk Project is Moving Fast!

Work on the sidewalk project running along State Highway 110 from the front of Cain Elementary northward to Hagen Road progresses. In just a week, the area for the walkways have been dug, smoothed and formed from Cain Elementary to Dollar General. Rebar has been laid in many of the forms and the first sections of concrete have been poured. Workers (pictured here) work to smooth the concrete in an area just south of Stacy Drive.

 

Keep Whitehouse Beautiful (KWB) is a non-profit group affiliated with Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful. They have provided the funding for sidewalks to be put in along State Highway 110 which will extend from the front of Cain Elementary, just south of Stacy Drive, northward to Hagen Road. The money comes from a Governor’s Community Achievement Award (GCAA) which is provided through Keep Texas Beautiful. The award was granted to KWB in 2015, the sixth of such awards KWB has earned.

“It’s always in coordination with the city,” stated Dorothy LaFlure of KWB when asked how it was decided the funds would be spent on the sidewalk project. “They give their input on what is needed.”

The city and KWB concluded that sidewalks in the chosen location would benefit residents at the RV park and the nursing home as well as students who attend Cain Elementary.

The GCAA program rewards local affiliates based on achievements in seven areas including community leadership and coordination, public awareness, education, beautification and community improvement, litter prevention and cleanup, solid waste management and litter law and illegal dumping enforcement. Communities that receive the highest score in each category are named the winners.

The financial award associated with the GCAA is based on community population categories and KWB received $130,000 for the current sidewalk project. The funds from the GCAA must be spent on projects that are located on Texas Department of Transportation right-of-ways, according to LaFlure.

While KWB turns in an application for a rating each year, no affiliation can win the GCAA if they have already received it within the last three years. KWB has, however, earned a rating above 90 for the past three years which gives them a Sustained Excellence status.

KWB is also the sponsor for the annual Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off event which is slated for Saturday, April 14. Those interested in participating in the cleanup of Whitehouse roadways will meet at Whitehouse City Park beginning at 8 a.m. Individuals and groups will be provided trash bags and assigned to specific roadways. Participants are encouraged to bring their own gloves.

Breakfast for the event will be provided by KWB and lunch will be provided by Republic Services following the 11:30 a.m. finish time for the event. Both meals will be in the Whitehouse City Park. For those planning to assist with the Don’t Mess with Texas event, it is requested that participants register at register@keepwhitehousebeautiful.com by sending in the individual or group name, group leader, a contact email and contact phone number.

“We will be giving out T-shirts to the first 300 people,” LaFlure added.

Make certain to register and participate in the event to receive your shirt.

Other projects KWB has already participated in just this year include the cleanup of Gardenview Park and the proposed area for the city’s hike and bike trails, according to LaFlure. They continue to encourage community involvement in city beautification through their Business Hot Spot and Yard of the Month recognitions.

KWB holds regular meetings at 11:30 a.m. the second Monday of each month at the courthouse and the organization is always looking for new volunteers. For information about meetings or KWB events, visit keepwhitehousebeautiful.com, the facebook page Keep Whitehouse Beautiful or send an email to info@keepwhitehousebeautiful.com.

A new sidewalk near Cain Elementary is now being constructed!

We are excited at KWB. A new sidewalk near Cain Elementary is now being constructed! The project is funded by KWB’s 2015 Governor’s Community Achievement Award (GCAA).

KWB has also been a leader in many large Whitehouse capital projects. Keep Texas Beautiful, in partnership with TXDOT, awards the GCAA to 10 Texas communities each year. KWB has received this highly competitive award a record six times! These awards have provided Whitehouse more than $500,000 in capital improvements. These projects included the City stone entrance signs, rock column fencing in front of City Park, larger landscaping additions, City benches, sidewalks and the Brown Elementary rock wall planters.

KWB announces March Outstanding Yard!

Keep Whitehouse Beautiful selected the beautiful yard of Walter and Doris Mathes at 302 Bascom Road in Whitehouse for March 2018.    Their home has raised brick planter beds full of colorful shrubs and bedding plants.  They received a gift certificate from Senter’s Nursery who co-sponsors the Outstanding Yard award.

You don’t need to be in a group to participate in the Trash Off!

Everyone can participate in the Trash Off on April 14! You don’t need to be in a group, we will place you with a group if you are a single or couple! Please sign up at our email “register@keepwhitehousebeautiful.com”.

Jasper Ventures, Inc. is helping at Don’t Mess With Texas Trash Off! How about you?

Adam Glover, Mark Whitt, Kellen Weaver, and Andy Jenkins of Jasper Ventures, Inc. encourage everyone to help make the Whitehouse area the cleanest in East Texas. Keep your litter with you until you can dispose of it properly. Join them Saturday, April 14th at City Park to clean our highways, county and city roads. Sign up individually or as a team for the by email at register@keepwhitehousebeautiful.comthe

48 volunteers turn out to help with the first Black Hawk Creek Trails cleanup!!

Thanks for all the help from Whitehouse High School Football Team, Key Club and Honor Society! Everyone got to see the potential for the trails here on a beautiful day. Great fellowship and fun had by all!

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