The City of Charleston is world renowned for its history, natural beauty and charm. Since 1977, Keep Charleston Beautiful (PDF) (KCB) has been working to maintain the beauty of the area through education, public awareness, and community involvement. A clean Charleston is a visible demonstration of the pride we feel in our community.
Keep Charleston Beautiful is an award-winning organization, both locally and nationally. As an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and PalmettoPride, Keep Charleston Beautiful works with national and local organizations to promote a clean, beautiful environment for all Americans.
Keep Charleston Beautiful (KCB) is dedicated to promoting the cleanliness and beautification of the City of Charleston through education, public awareness, and community involvement.
To develop a cohesive set of outreach programs that address litter, beautification, and community involvement in the City of Charleston.
To create a strong cooperative network of community, businesses, and government leaders to further program activities.
To insure that KCB goals and programs are familiar to all people who work and live in the City of Charleston.
Keep Charleston Beautiful’s (KCB) school-based education programs focus on teaching Charleston’s youth to live litter free lives while encouraging environmental awareness and volunteerism. Programs are funded through support from the City of Charleston, PalmettoPride, Friends of Keep Charleston Beautiful, and community donations. KCB’s part-time Education Coordinator assists with scheduling and development of the education programs. All programs are offered free of charge to local schools.
Raising the public’s awareness about the detrimental impact of litter is essential to creating a clean, beautiful, and healthy community. In addition to what is considered normal litter, Keep Charleston Beautiful (KCB) has targeted two prominent, yet often ignored, forms of litter with our Pick Up After Your Pet Program and our Cigarette Litter Prevention Program. KCB also strives to raise awareness about waste reduction via recycling and composting through our Green Spaces Recycling Program and our Lend-A-Bin Program.
Keep Charleston Beautiful (KCB) works year round with groups of any size to clean up local parks, marshes, or urban settings. Litter hurts us all by lowering property value, causing visual blight, and endangering children and wildlife. Each year over 2,000 volunteers lend their hands to help remove thousands of bags of litter from Charleston. Cleanup events average two hours and all supplies are provided to interested groups.
KCB also partners with local organizations to support alternative cleanup events like Beach Sweep River Sweep, Trident United Way’s Day of Caring, and Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup.