Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful works to provide sustainable solutions to improve the physical and visual aspects of our community environments that individuals can directly impact through personal and corporate involvement in these focus areas:
- Litter Prevention– A clean community discourages littering and illegal dumping. Proper handling of litter and waste in a community raises the standards and expectations of everyone. Litter is both an individual problem and a community problem. One approach to litter prevention is through education of our school children. Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful makes presentations to thousands of elementary grade children every year with the anti-littering message, encouraging them to begin litter-free practices and to take the message home.
- Beautification and Community Involvement– In addition to teaching the anti-litter message to children we annually sponsor the Great American Clean-Up which couples the negative “don’t litter”message with a positive “beautification” message. We encourage schools, businesses, neighborhood associations and other community groups to take personal responsibility for cleaning up and beautifying their own area. While litter is an individual and community problem, the solution is also found in the individual and the communities who take action and make positive moves toward improving their local area into something they can take community pride in.
- Waste Reduction– According to the 2015 “Nonhazardous Solid Waste Management and Landfill Capacity in Illinois Annual Report” developed by the Illinois EPA, and released early in 2016, there are just 20.9 years of landfill space left in Illinois. Fortunately, the concept of “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” has been successfully applied locally, and extended the Rock River Valley’s landfill capacity, as this time projection has been holding fairly steady over the last 10 years.
The key to success in each of these areas is the development of sustainable solutions. Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful encourages individuals and community groups to work together and become mutually accountable to each other for doing their part in making and keep their community a cleaner, happier and healthier place to live.