Past Projects & Events

Christmas Light Recycling Event

KLBB - 2014 Christmas light recyclingTis the season to recycle!  On December 1, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful will be holding their 2nd annual Christmas light recycling collection.  This collection is for non-working strands of holiday lights and will last from December 1 through January 10 at various locations throughout the Loup Basin.

In January, the lights will be gathered up and taken to the Cross Training Center in Omaha, NE to be recycled.  The Cross Training Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to empower and equip disadvantaged and undereducated men and women through character development, vocational training and job experience.”  They provide the support, life skills, training, and experience needed for their students to become self-sufficient and successful in the home, the workplace and the community.  Students at the Center refurbish or recycle many types of electronics and appliances; providing work opportunities and keeping useful materials out of landfills.

Last year, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful collected over 130 pounds of lights and we hope to have another successful year of keeping Christmas cheer out of the landfill!  Help Keep Loup Basin Beautiful by bringing your old Christmas lights to one of the following drop-off locations this holiday season:

Arnold – Village Office (209 W 1st)
Atkinson – City Office (104 S Main St)
Bassett – North Central RC&D Office (308 E Hwy 20)
Broken Bow – Custer County Recycling (79849 Hwy 2)
Burwell – United Methodist Church (917 I Street)
Callaway – Nigel Sprouse Memorial Library (102 E Kimball)
Ericson – Sandhills Baptist Fellowship (307 Central Ave)
Loup City – United Methodist Church (626 L St)
O’Neill – Holt Co. Economic Development Office (330 E Hancock)
Ord – Grocery Kart (136 N 15th)
Spalding – Spalding Academy (130 W Marguerite)

Keep Loup Basin Beautiful(KLBB) is grant-funded through the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality(NDEQ) and is a project of the Loup Basin RC&D Council, that promotes litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, and beautification.  KLBB serves thirteen counties in central and north-central Nebraska and for more information about KLBB’s Education Programs, email KLBB at [email protected] , visit or like them on Facebook   Contact the Loup Basin RC&D Office (308) 346-3393 or stop by the office at 807 H ST, Burwell, Nebraska.


Burwell FFA Chapter to Celebrate National Planting Day

Burwell, NE  — National Planting Day, a day dedicated to our native vegetation, will be celebrated nationwide and locally on September 6.  This is happening through the efforts of local FFA chapters in cooperation with Keep America Beautiful, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful, and the Loup Basin Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council.  Keep Loup Basin Beautiful is promoting National Planting Day in the following counties: Blaine, Boyd, Cherry, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Holt, Howard, Loup, Rock, Sherman, Valley and Wheeler.

The Burwell High School FFA Chapter, under the sponsorship of Philip Simpson and in cooperation with Keep Loup Basin Beautiful, will be freshening up existing native grass plots and identifying the plants at the school.  There are many native grasses, flowers, and shrubs planted around the town square and the chapter will be identifying those also for community enjoyment and education.  FFA chapters in other counties will be developing their own projects in cooperation with Keep Loup Basin Beautiful.

Future plans for the Burwell FFA Chapter include planting native grasses with proper identification at Fort Hartsuff in the picnic area under the supervision of Jim Domeier.  Jim is excited about the addition of native vegetation being on display for visitors.  Additionally, native vegetation will be incorporated at the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway Interpretive Center, located at 330 South Hwy 11, Burwell, Nebraska through the cooperation of the Burwell FFA Chapter and the Loup Basin RC&D Council.

You too may become involved in National Planting Day!  Visit for more information.  Help celebrate the value and power of native species in restoring ecological balance to the environment while creating greener, more beautiful communities.

Native species are critical to attracting specialized pollinators and insects, which in turn provide food for birds and other wildlife.  Since native plants are already adapted to the local environment, they are hardy, low maintenance and require less water than other ornamentals. Contact your local greenhouse or extension office for help choosing the right native plants for your project.  Enjoy the great outdoors of Nebraska and help Keep Loup Basin Beautiful!

Keep Loup Basin Beautiful is a grant-funded project of the Loup Basin RC&D Council that promotes litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, and beautification.  They serve thirteen counties in central and north-central Nebraska.  The RC&D office is located at 807 H Street in Burwell, NE and can be contacted by phone 308-346-3393, email [email protected], or through Facebook at