Burwell 4-H Grade Students Visit Plain Valley District 13 School

November 9, 2015 – Kathy Mann, Project Coordinator, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful. Burwell Elementary fourth grade students taught by Mrs. Kathy Curry had a little trip back in history on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, after visiting the Plain Valley District 13 School located at 330 South Hwy 11 in Burwell, Nebraska. They learned how school was conducted in a one-room schoolhouse and had the following comments:

Fourth Grade students comment on one-room schoolhouse….

Shelby said, “The school house had only two small ceiling lights that weren’t very bright. Our lights at our school are much brighter and we have more than two in one room.”  

Kelly and Jaxon mentioned the restroom was outside and that would be freezing cold!

Other classes would be going on as a student would be working at their desk. We don’t have that happening in our classrooms. Continue reading

Cub Scouts Preserving the Loup Basin

The Cub Scout Ord Pack 194 learned how they can change the world around them by recycling in their home and community on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.

Part of being a cub scout is building character, understanding responsibility, and becoming a community leader.

Pack 194 learned just how they could reach these goals in their community through a presentation by Keep Loup Basin Beautiful.  The scouts became familiar with the terms reduce, reuse, and recycle.  A discussion was held on just what those terms meant to them and how to apply them to their daily life.  They learned about recyclable materials such as paper, plastic, and aluminum.  An energetic relay race provided the scouts an opportunity to identify and correctly sort recyclables into appropriately marked containers. Continue reading

New Recycling Guides Coming Your Way for Earth Day 2015

The updated, revised, and expanded 2015 Loup Basin Recycling Guide is coming soon! The new guide is full of recycling information for Blaine, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Howard, Loup, Sherman, Valley, and Wheeler counties. This the second year for the Keep Loup Basin Beautiful project, made possible thanks to support from the Nebraska Environmental Trust and the Nebraska Academy of Sciences.

Affiliate Director Anita Olson said, “We wanted to create a resource for people in our area to use, to help them figure out the best way to dispose of their garbage.” She says “sending trash to a landfill is an easy, cheap option; but there are better ways to dispose of certain materials to help protect the environment, boost local economies, and help people in need.” Continue reading

Be Loyal to Your Soil!

Celebrate Compost Awareness Week on May 4 – 9! This year’s theme is “Be Loyal to Your Soil” and during that week composting advocates across the county will be hosting events to promote everything from “do-it-yourself” backyard composting to large scale agricultural and community-wide composting. Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB) will be hosting Compost Awareness Week activities locally. KLBB promotes compost as a way to reduce waste, which is part of their mission along with promoting recycling and litter reduction. About 30% of the garbage that goes to landfills in the US is compostable (according to 2012 EPA statistics). In 2011 alone, 36 million tons of food scraps were sent to landfills. Composting is one way to divert waste, turn it into a resource, and conserve limited landfill space.

Composting is simply rotting with a purpose. Food scraps, yard waste, and other organic materials can be broken down and used as a beneficial soil amendment. Adding compost to your lawn or garden helps improve soil structure, increase water retention in sandy soils, increase the number of beneficial microbes in the soil, and provide a slow release of nutrients for plants. Continue reading

Great American Cleanup in Full Swing in the Loup Basin

This spring at least ten communities in the Loup Basin participated in the Great American Cleanup. The Great American Cleanup (GAC) is an initiative from Keep America Beautiful that involves millions of volunteers in thousands of communities across the U.S.  Its purpose is to encourage people to take responsibility for keeping their communities clean and beautiful.  In 2014 during the GAC, four million volunteers in 20,200 communities picked up 37 million tons of litter, planted 41,000 trees, cleaned 130,000 acres of parks, and 85,900 miles of streets, highways, and shorelines.  What an amazing impact volunteers can have on their communities!

GAC events in the Loup Basin involved litter cleanup along roads and in parks, volunteer yardwork for elder neighbors, cemetery cleanup, painting, and removal of fallen branches. Through a cleanup grant from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful was able to provide reimbursement for some of the Loup Basin cleanup projects.  However, due to the wonderful response for the program, they were not able to reimburse all the projects, but do intend to apply for increased grant funding for next year.  They were able to provide trash bags, gloves, and other litter cleanup supplies for all the hard-working youth and adult groups.  Supplies are still available for projects this summer which can be requested by contacting Keep Loup Basin Beautiful. Continue reading

Litter Free and Items Recycled – 2015 Sandhills Ranch Expo

Sandhills Ranch Expo - June 17-18, 2015 2Sandhill’s Rural Ministries and Keep Loup Basin Beautiful recently teamed up to keep the Sandhills Ranch Expo neat, tidy, and trash-free for the public to enjoy during the event held on June 17 & 18, 2015.  Volunteers used the ATV and trailer provided by the Expo to collect trash periodically during the event to keep the grounds clean. Sandhill’s Rural Ministries and Keep Loup Basin Beautiful enthusiastically took on the task of trash collection and digging out the recyclable plastic, aluminum, and cardboard.

Sandhill’s Rural Ministries covers a 20 county area and provides Bible studies, outreach, and volunteer services for rural communities.  Tom Huffman is the Director of Ministries for Sandhill’s Rural Ministries and has been instrumental in keeping the Bassett Expo grounds clean for several years.   His willing volunteers were Randy and Laura Sheldon and Carol Olson from Ericson. Continue reading

Spring Composting Workshops Offered by Keep Loup Basin Beautiful

Springtime has everyone thinking “green,” especially when it comes to lawns and gardens. One of the best things you can do for your lawn or garden is to add compost. Compost is a humus-rich soil amendment made from decomposed natural materials. Compost improves soil structure, increases water retention in sandy soils, and stimulates healthy root development in plants. Because composting uses yard waste, kitchen scraps, and minimal equipment, it’s a great way to both reduce the amount of waste going to landfills, and enhance the fertility of your garden soil naturally.

Keep Loup Basin Beautiful is partnering with three local garden centers to host composting workshops that are free and open to the public. Attendees will learn about what materials can be composted, different styles and methods of composting, and uses for finished compost.  Everyone will leave with the basic knowledge to get started composting in their own backyards!  Come at any time, there will be a 20-minute presentation starting every half hour, with time for questions after.

April 23 Shamrock Nursery in O’Neill from 1:00-6:00pm

April 25 Elyria Gardens in Elyria from 1:00-4:00pm

May 9 Katalari Farms near Loup City from 1:00-4:00pm Continue reading

Boy Scouts Changing the Loup Basin

The Boy Scout Ord Pack 194 learned how they can change the world around them by recycling in their home and community on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. Part of being a boy scout is building character, understanding responsibility, and becoming a community leader.  Pack 194 learned just how they could reach these goals in their community through a presentation by Keep Loup Basin Beautiful.

Project Coordinator Kathy Mann helped the Scouts became familiar with the terms reduce, reuse, and recycle. A discussion was held on just what those terms meant to them and how to apply them to their daily life.  They learned about recyclable materials such as paper, plastic, and aluminum.  An energetic relay race provided the scouts an opportunity to identify and correctly sort recyclables into appropriately marked containers. Continue reading

Students at Burwell High School Practice Good Recycling Habits

During the 2014-15 academic school year the students at Burwell Public Schools were learning more than reading, writing, and arithmetic….they were learning about the “Three R’s,” reducing, reusing, and recycling.

The National Honor Society in cooperation with Keep Loup Basin Beautiful added recycling plastic bottles to their previously established habit of recycling paper.  New recycling containers were placed in the main hall way of the high school and elementary building for collection of plastic bottles.  Once full, the contents of the containers are deposited in the Keep Loup Basin recycle trailer located right across the street from the school at the Scenic Byway Visitor’s Center in the little white school house. Continue reading

Nebraska DEQ Awards More Than $2 Million to Recycling, Litter Programs

KLBB - Logo Keep America Beautiful AffiliateNebraska Department of Environmental Quality Acting Director Pat Rice has announced the awarding of $2,099,364 in 57 grants for litter cleanup, recycling, and public education programs and activities. Funds for the Litter Reduction and Recycling Grant Program are generated from a fee charged to certain manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers of products that commonly contribute to litter. The program has been providing grants annually since 1979. “The agency received many outstanding applications from across Nebraska,” Rice said. “These grant awards will support many important local efforts to recycle and protect our natural resources.”   Keep Loup Basin Beautiful/Loup Basin RC&D Council was awarded two grants from the Nebraska DEQ. They received an $800 Cleanup Grant to be used for cleaning up 10 miles of road and 10 acres of public areas. They also received a $62,980 Public Education Grant to continue their litter reduction and recycling education programs through 2015.

The grants were awarded to programs in three categories: recycling, cleanup and public education. The recycling programs provide an alternative to the disposal of solid waste in Nebraska’s landfills. The programs recycle more than just aluminum, paper, glass, and plastic. Materials such as electronic computer components, paint, aerosol cans, fertilizer, pesticides, pharmaceutical items and household hazardous waste are collected and either reprocessed to be used again or are disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. Recycling efforts that promote the purchase of recycled content products continue to receive priority for funding. NDEQ awarded 23 grants in the recycling category, totaling $1,176,580.        

Keep Loup Basin Beautiful Recycling at the Rodeo

Burwell — Last week in Burwell while everybody else was busy ropin’ and ridin’, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful was busy recyclin’.  Project Coordinator, Kathy Mann, took on the project of providing recycling for Nebraska’s Big Rodeo, a continuation of Keep Loup Basin Beautiful’s event recycling efforts this summer.  People go through large amounts of bottles and cans at community events and Keep Loup Basin Beautiful’s goal is to keep as much of that recyclable material as possible out of the landfill.  Nine large recycling bins were set up in the grand stands and beer garden.  Mann and her volunteer helpers stayed busy emptying them throughout the four days of rodeo action. Continue reading

Keep Loup Basin Beautiful Places Recycling Bins in Loup City


KLBB - Loup City Coca Cola Bin GrantPictured from left to right: Devin Nelson, Tammy Nelson, Mayor Alicia Toczek and Kevin Holcomb. Picture courtesy of Jerome Lobner. 

Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation Make Recycling More Convenient for Colleges and Universities Nationwide

Loup City — Keep Loup Basin Beautiful received six recycling bins designed specifically for placement in Loup City’s parks and near the school.  The bins were received as part of a national recycling bin grant program made possible by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and The Coca-Cola Foundation. Continue reading

Celebrate Compost Awareness Week!!

May 5 marks the beginning of a weeklong publicity and education event celebrating the humble soil additive that is compost. In case you are not aware, compost is simply decomposed food scraps and yard waste. So why the celebration? There are so many reasons! Adding compost to your soil improves the soil structure and helps retain moisture. Compost is full of nutrients in a form that your plants can easily absorb. As a fertilizer, compost is free, 100% natural and is not dangerous for children or pets. By composting, you are sending less garbage to the dump and keeping valuable nutrients in your garden. Composting is a method that is used around the world in both wealthy and developing countries to reduce waste and create healthy soil. Continue reading

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 26th

Office of Diversion Control

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April 26th    10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Got Drugs?  Coming up on April 26th, several area law enforcement agencies will be participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.  From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on that Saturday, you can bring in your outdated and unwanted medications for proper disposal.

One participating agency is the Valley County Sheriff’s office.  They are located in the Valley County Courthouse in downtown Ord.  They ask that you use the doors on the east side of the courthouse.  The Garfield County Sherriff’s office in Burwell will also be accepting medications that day. 

Announcing our Earth Day Drawing Contest for 5th Grade!

Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd and to celebrate, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful is sponsoring a drawing contest for 5th grade North loup Scotiastudents. Students may enter the contest by drawing their design on a plain, white sheet of 8 ½” x 11” paper. The student’s name and school must be written on the back of the drawing in pencil. Homeschooled students are also welcome to send in entries. The theme for this year’s contest is “Respect the River: Keeping our waterways clean and beautiful.” Mail the entries to Keep Loup Basin Beautiful by April 15, 2014.

The Ins and Outs of Recycling – Workshop

Thursday January 30, 2014
5:15 to 6:00 p.m.
807 H Street,
Burwell Nebraska –  In the Pathway Bank Professional Center

Make recycling your New Year’s resolution!  Join Keep Loup Basin Beautiful for a fun and educational workshop all about recycling.  Find out what’s recyclable in this area.  Discover what happens to your garbage after you toss it in the bin.  Learn how to tell when a container is recyclable, and what you do and don’t need to do before you recycle it.  You’ll also find out what the arrows

Keep Nebraska Beautiful Award – Loup City FCCLA

The Loup City High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) organization won an Award of Excellence for their America Recycles Day activities during the June 29, 2013  Keep Nebraska Beautiful Annual Conference in Nebraska City. 

Ord High School FBLA

Local High School Group Earn Recognition for Waste Reduction/Recycling Efforts

Honored at Keep America Beautiful Conference in Washington D.C. in January and at the FBLA Spring Banquet on April 30, 2013, the Ord High School Future Business Leaders of America was awarded the National Distinguished Service plaque in the Youth/School Waste Reduction/Recycling category for their Continue reading

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Awards Grant

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) has awarded the Loup Basin RC&D Council a grant in the amount of $34,966 to be used for the Keep America Beautiful (KAB) Affiliate, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful.  This organization is a project of the RC&D Council, and serves residents in nine central Nebraska counties.  DEQ logoThe DNEQ provides funds annually to Nebraska projects in the categories of public environmental education, cleanups and recycling. Altogether, the NDEQ was able to fund fifty-six applications for 2013. Continue reading

Keep Loup Basin Beautiful wins National Award

Local Keep America Beautiful affiliate, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful, was presented the National Keep America Beautiful (KAB) 2012 Great American Cleanup (GAC) Best Activation Award at the Keep America Beautiful Conference held in Washington, DC on January 29th.   Continue reading