“For many years, KGVB has kept the shores of Lake Grapevine clean and clear of debris and trash.  Several years ago, we had major flooding in Grapevine.  As the waters began to recede, there was much work to do to clean up the shores -- it was KGVB who stepped up to help.  ”

- January 2017 -

Darlene Freed, Mayor pro Tem


Litter Prevention & Cleanup

Litter Prevention and CleanupHey folks, Don't mess with Texas!!! Keep Grapevine Beautiful (KGVB) is both proactive in trying to prevent litter, and reactive by organizing cleanup efforts. Whether it is along the freeways, roadways, parks or lake, a litter-free community is one of our most important goals.

Research and experience have shown that litter is the result of individual behavior—choosing to litter or being careless in the handling of waste. And once litter is on the ground, it attracts more litter. A clean community, by contrast, can discourage littering and improve community appearance and quality of life. You have a role to play in preventing litter. Just one person, one school, one business, or one organization can positively impact the behavior of others in their community.

For more information, see this Don't Mess with Texas Litter Fact Sheet

Learn more about how to end litter from Keep America Beautiful

KGVB hosts several annual events that focus on litter prevention and cleanup:

• Each April, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation and Keep Texas Beautiful, the signature event 'Don't mess With Texas Trash-Off' is held.  Hundreds join KGVB and show their Texas pride by cleaning highway service drives and streets. When coupled with all other Texas cities, this is the largest clean-up day in the state!

• Another city-wide effort is the Adopt An Area program, which is comprised of volunteer groups throughout the city. These families, non-profit organizations and business employees have selected an area within the city to keep litter free by cleaning up the area six times per year. A sign is erected in their name along the path of the adopted area. It's an enjoyable and easy way to assist your community and is sincerely appreciated by the citizens of Grapevine.

• In November, Trash & Treasures takes place in local lake parks.  Together, we work to eliminate misplaced waste and trash near Grapevine Lake. This visible form of pollution can disrupt wildlife, natural ecosystems, human health and safety, and communities.

•Each year, a city-wide litter index is conducted as required by Keep America Beautiful. Over 60 specific locations are inspected for litter.  This exercise has been in place since 1994. The 2016 Litter Index resulted in a score of 1.16 - we are doing great!  Scores range from 1 (the best, no litter) to 4 (the worst).  We are grateful to have such a clean city and appreciate all the volunteers who help us keep it this way!  See our progress over the past 10 years below.

Graph of Litter Index Scores Over Time

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Upcoming Events

Monday, September 11, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Saturday, October 07, 2017 9am - 11:30am
Saturday, October 14, 2017 10am - 2pm