Amy Hughes, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB) Project Coordinator, was invited to present to the Burwell Chapter of the TeamMates Mentoring Program on October 18, 2017 at the morning Mentor Huddle. Hughes was excited to share what KLBB stands for, what it promotes, and give ideas to those in attendance.
Mrs. Hughes began by introducing herself and explaining the, who, what, when, where and why’s of proper recycling practices. Hughes, who focuses much of her energy on education and reuse strategies, shared four hands on reuse projects and spoke on two additional ways mentors can engage mentees in doing beautiful things for their environment.
Hughes showed attendees how to reuse toilet paper and paper towel rolls and an old picture frame to create a brand new, unique piece of wall art. The creation of refrigerator magnets and table coasters out of old, unwanted CD/DVD’s was discussed and shown by Hughes. Mrs. Hughes provided tools on how to make paper beads out of old newspapers, magazines, etc. and explained the process. Even the repurposing of K-cups from Keurig coffee makers was shown and discussed by Hughes.
Mrs. Hughes also educated the attendees on the Crayon Recycling Program that she implemented and how and where to donate. One of the main educational pieces came when Hughes discussed the brand new Bicycle Recycle & Safety Program. Hughes shared that used, unwanted bicycles can be dropped off at the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway Interpretive Center and will be refurbished and donated to kids in Lincoln thanks to a generous individual by the name of Gary Hughes (of Lincoln). Mrs. Hughes also encouraged mentors to get their mentees involved in this process and suggested that the Bicycle Recycle project would be a perfect entrepreneurial venture as the need in our area is very high!!
In closing Hughes discussed the importance of conservation, preservation and recycling on our environment. It is very encouraging to see the adults and youth in our community embrace the idea of safeguarding and repairing our natural environment through proper reduce, reuse and recycle practices.
Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB) is grant-funded through the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) and Keep America Beautiful; 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. For more information about KLBB’s education programs, email KLBB at [email protected], visit www.keeploupbasinbeautiful.org, or like them on Facebook. Contact the Loup Basin RC&D office (308)-346-3393 or stop by the office at the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway Interpretive Center, 330 South Highway 11 Burwell, Nebraska.