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Keep Coral Gables Beautiful is a local affiliate of the Keep America Beautiful and Keep Florida Beautiful organizations. 

Keep Coral Gables Beautiful Mission Statement:

To promote environmental sustainability and educate the community to take action every day to reduce litter from our open spaces & waterways, improve recycling efforts, and keep our City Beautiful.

Executive Director(s) Contact Information:

  • Name: Solanch Lopez & Matthew Anderson
  • Office Address: 405 Biltmore Way, Suite 100, Coral Gables, FL 33134. Phone: (305) 569-1835 | (305) 460-5008
  • Email: KCGB@coralgables.com

Keep Coral Gables Beautiful Affiliate Report [PDF]

Coral Gables Resolution Signed 2019-222 [PDF]

Events

   

Downtown Community Clean up. December 2 at 6pm


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Most Pounds Collected Contest Prizes:

Group Prizes:

  1. $500 Cash Prize
  2. $250 Cash Prize
  3. $150 Cash Prize 

Individual Prizes:

  1. Two VIP Tickets to Burgerlisous ($250 Value)
  2. $100 Cash Prize
  3. VIP Family Four Pack Tickets to Tree Lighting Spectacular ($30 Value)

Join us after the event for lite bites and refreshments at Clutch Burger, courtesy of Baptist Health South Florida. Volunteer hours are available upon request. 


News & Updates

Battery disposal receptacle that is a tall transparent tube with a small opening at the top. The batteries are visible inside and nearing the full line.


Keep Coral Gables Beautiful has launched a new year-round Battery Recycling Pilot Program. This program aligns with the City’s goal of reducing waste that is ending up in landfills and building a more resilient and sustainable City Beautiful. For more information on accepted batteries please visit coralgables.com/batteries


Battery recycling bins have been placed in the following locations: 


  1. City Hall: 405 Biltmore Way: Main Entrance Area  
  2. Police & Fire Headquarters: 2151 Salzedo Street: First Floor Lobby 
  3. War Memorial Youth Center: 405 University Drive: Reception Area  
  4. Public Works Department: 2800 SW 72nd Avenue: Main Entrance Area 


Keep America Beautiful 2020 National Litter Study 

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The results are in on litter in America. Keep America Beautiful has released data from their 2020 national litter study providing a valid, national estimate of litter along waterways and roadways in the U.S. The study shows that there has been a 54% reduction in roadside litter.  While this is promising, there is still work to be done. Help keep our roads litter-free by participating in FDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program. If you or your organization would like to become involved in Florida’s Adopt-A-Highway program, please call 1-800-BAN-LITT(er) / 1-800-226-5488 or visit www.myflorida.com. 


Additional key findings include: 

  • Of the 50 billion pieces of litter, 24 billion are along roadways and 26 billion are along waterways. 
  • An estimated 207 million PPE items were littered on U.S. roadways and waterways through early fall 2020. 

 Read more about the KAB 2020 Litter Study

PPE Litter Public Service Announcement

Past Events

Volunteers Cleanup!

Companies, organizations and residents are encouraged to organize community cleanups in partnership with Keep Coral Gables Beautiful. Recently, University of Miami (UM) staff participated in a group clean-up effort at Matheson Hammock Park, collecting 335 pounds of litter from the surrounding bike trail and waterway. Cocoplum resident Claudia Caporal also rallied 40 neighbors for a post-Halloween cleanup in her neighborhood. Together they collected 40 pounds of litter. We appreciate our UM partners and residents for helping to build a cleaner, greener, better community together. 

Group photo of University of Miami and KCGB staff members in front of collected garbage bags, making a U with their hands.  Resident holding open a garbage bag while a child wearing an orange safety vest tosses a full bag inside it.

Recycling Drive-Thru 

In celebration of America Recycles Day, the city held its bi-annual Recycling Drive-Thru Event on Saturday, Nov. 6 in the City Hall Parking Lot. The event was a huge success bringing in over 550 cars and 1,100 attendees. Over 38,950 pounds of electronic and household hazardous waste, clothing, and sensitive documents were collected. Over the last 6 years (13 community collection events), the city has collected and diverted 328,743 pounds of electronic and household hazardous waste, clothing, and sensitive documents from entering the landfills. Thank you to all the residents that came out!

Event pictures featuring Coral Gables staff and volunteers in front of recycling truck, Camillus House volunteers standing in front of donation truck full of clothing, staff removing paper from residents trunks, and the household hazardous waste staff in front of their equipment. Event logo and name on top right hand corner.


Attracting Birds to South Florida Gardens

Thank you to everyone that joined us on Saturday, Nov. 13 at the War Memorial Youth Center for the third event in our Conservation Series. We had 25 attendees at our conservation with writer, photographer, and Tropical Audubon Society Plants for Birds co-coordinator Kirsten Hines as she shared tips from her gardening book, Attracting Birds to South Florida Gardens. Families enjoyed the morning while painting their own birdhouses. We look forward to seeing everyone at our next event.