Get them before they are gone…

Get them before they are gone…

Myrtle’s visit is wrapping up quickly and Abilene has once again shown its west Texas hospitality for her!  May 31st will be here before you know it so make sure to order your crape myrtles before she’s gone.

Remember, you can donate your crape myrtle to the City of Abilene if you don’t have your bed ready.  Myrtle won’t mind!

  • Order your crape myrtles online at org now through May 31st
    • 3 gallon standard crape myrtle – $20 each
    • Buy 5 and get 1 FREE
    • Pink – White – Red
  • Pick up your Crape Myrtles on Friday, June 9th or Saturday, June 10th
    • Mankin & Son’s Gardens – 4002 N. 1st Street
      • Friday, June 9th from 1 – 5:30PM
      • Saturday, June 10th from 8AM – 5:30PM
    • Educational sessions for planting & maintenance will be:
      • Friday, June 9th at 4:00PM
      • Saturday, June 10th at 9:00AM and Noon

For more information please call KAB at 325-734-3301.

Myrtle’s coming! Get your bed ready

It’s been 20 years since Myrtle first came to town…Keep Abilene Beautiful (KAB) is proud to announce the return of our Crape Myrtle fundraiser.  Please support KAB by ordering your crape myrtles today!

  • Order your crape myrtles online at between May 1 – 31st
    • 3 gallons – $20 each
    • Buy 5 and get 1 FREE
    • Pink – White – Red
  • Pick up your Crape Myrtles on Friday, June 9th or Saturday, June 10th
    • Mankin & Son’s Gardens – 4002 N. 1st Street
      • Friday, June 9th from 1 – 5:30PM
      • Saturday, June 10th from 8AM – 5:30PM
    • Educational sessions for planting & maintenance will be:
      • Friday, June 9th at 4:00PM
      • Saturday, June 10th at 9:00AM and Noon

For more information please call KAB at 325-734-3301.

Free Wood Available at the Environmental Recycling Center

With the weather turning cooler, we would like to remind you that the Environmental Recycling Center gives away their larger wood pieces for free and it makes great fire wood.  Stop by the ERC (2209 Oak Street) during normal business hours and load up while supplies last!  The ERC will be closed November 24th and 25th.

Please note the following information:

  • This wood is available to the public on a first come first served basis.
  • All wood shall be loaded and hauled off-site by individuals.
  • No climbing on the wood pile.  Ask for assistance if pile needs rotating.

Keep Abilene Beautiful is celebrating 30 Years of Service!

2016 is a special time for Keep Abilene Beautiful as we celebrate our 30th anniversary by pledging to plant 30 trees, in various City Parks, by the end of the year.

We would like to ask businesses, groups and even individuals to help us reach this goal by donating funds for each of the 30 trees.  A donation of $300 will cover the cost of the tree, the planting, maintenance, and a $100 donation to Keep Abilene Beautiful for future projects.

In return for your donation, you will receive:

  • A tree planted in one of our City parks
  • Maintenance of your tree
  • Recognition of your donation on the City’s Commemorative Tree Map
  • A tax deduction as allowed by law

If you have any questions or would like to sponsor a tree, give us a call at 325-734-3301.

30th Anniversary Flyer and Signup Form

Abilene Outdoor Adventures

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“Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off” to take place Saturday, April 9, 2016

Saturday, April 9, Keep Abilene Beautiful, Republic Services, the Texas Department of Transportation and the City of Abilene are partnering to host the “Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off”.  This beautification event will bring together hundreds of volunteers who will pick up litter in public areas such as streets, highways, parks and empty fields.

Registration will take place between Monday, April 4 and Thursday, April 7 between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at City Hall, 555 Walnut Street, Suite 207, Abilene Texas 79601. Volunteers will be assigned to pick up litter at designated sites in Abilene and provided with cleanup supplies.

  • All volunteers (regardless of age – youth or adult) must register to participate
  • All volunteers, under age 18, must be accompanied by a participating adult
  • Volunteers will need to provide their own transportation to their assigned cleanup site and disposal location
  • Trash bags and gloves will be provided

Please register to help clean up the litter in Abilene!

A celebration of all things green…

Join Keep Abilene Beautiful as we celebrate all things green in Abilene on Saint Patrick’s Day. Thursday, March 17th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at The Mill Winery & Event Venue (239 Locust Street).

Green Beer and Sangria Bar donated by Republic Services – Free drink tickets for the first 100 guests

Heavy Hors D’oeuvres from Moose’s Cafè, custom cookies from the Cookie Queen of Abilene, M.E.&You Apparel with a t-shirt to benefit Keep Abilene Beautiful, and Simply Encourage Photo Booth for a little Saint Patrick’s Day fun and memory making.

We will recognize the following for their contributions to our community in 2015 beginning at 6 p.m.

– KAB Recycling Award to Bridgestone, Bandag of Abilene ~ award presented by KAB President Shane Johnson
– Mayor’s Sustainable City Award to The Cedar Creek Waterway Development ~ award presented by Mayor Norm Archibald
– Donna Albus Beautification Award to The Mill Wine Bar & Event Venue ~ award presented by Donna Albus

Project Re-Directory (phonebook recycling)




It’s that time of year when area schools begin collecting old telephone directories in the annual Project Re-Directory recycling program sponsored by Keep Abilene Beautiful and the City of Abilene.

Beginning Wednesday, March 23 through April 27, 2016, old directories may be dropped off at several elementary, head start and early childhood centers.  The schools are competing for cash prizes from Keep Abilene Beautiful and each campus that participates will receive a 20 gallon tree complements of TXU Energy.

“Our goal is to provide a fun, rewarding and educational program that will generate recycling awareness within our youth,” said Nicole Eaves, Coordinator, Keep Abilene Beautiful.  “This program provides a way for the entire community to support recycling and the local schools.”

Phone books can be dropped off during regular school hours at the following campuses:

• Austin Elementary – 2341 Greenbriar Drive
• Bassetti Elementary – 5749 Hwy 277 South
• Bonham Elementary – 4250 Potomac Avenue
• Bowie Elementary – 2034 Jeanette Street
• Crockett Early Head Start – 3282 S. 13th Street
• Dyess Elementary – 402 Delaware Road
• Johnston Elementary – 3602 N. 12th Street
• Locust Early Childhood – 625 S. 8th Street
• Ortiz Elementary – 2550 Vogel Street
• Reagan Elementary – 5340 Hartford Street
• Taylor Elementary – 916 E.N. 13th Street
• Thomas Elementary – 1240 Lakeside Drive
• Woodson Early Childhood – 520 N. 9th Street

The collection containers, hauling and recycling services are being provided by the City of Abilene’s Environmental Recycling Center.  Phone books are accepted, year round, at their location 2209 Oak Street.

Setting A Green(er) Thanksgiving Table

As you begin to plan for Thanksgiving dinner, how will you set your table this year?  Paper plates and plasticware?  Or reusable plates and utensils?  Green-Table-SettingThanksgiving

Although you might think that using paper plates will save water, the production and afterlife of those plates actually use more water (as well as create additional landfill waste and carbon dioxide emissions).  Though energy and resources are also required to make a ceramic plate, a ceramic plate’s lifetime is likely quite long, balancing out these initial environmental costs.

Though going reusable is the preferable option, we can give you some recommendations to limit your environmental impact no matter which option you choose.

Tips for a greener Thanksgiving:

  • Not enough reusable plates to go around?  Ask a few guests in advance to bring some of their reusable plates and utensils to add to the party.
  • Want to pack leftovers for your guests but don’t want to risk never seeing your beloved Tupperware again? Ask your guests to bring their own containers and bag to make for easy, guilt-free leftover packing.
  • If you decide to use your own ceramic plates or fine china and silver, consider using green dish soap for cleaning. Dishwashing detergents can pollute just as badly as paper mills, if you use standard detergents that contain phosphates. Phosphates deplete waterways of oxygen, killing all the living organisms that live in the water.
  • If you decide to go with one-time use tableware, the biodegradable and compostable disposable options (including cups) are a good alternative to limit your holiday dinner’s impact on the environment.

We hope these tips will help you enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner to the fullest!

Healthy Parks and Healthy People

Date: Saturday, October 24

Time: 8am to 11am

Location: Rose Park

Event Schedule
8:15am….. Anyway 1 Mile Walk….You can do this with a walker, wheelchair, high heels, roller skates, etc….
8:45am… Park Clean Up with Keep Abilene Beautiful
9am……Archery Shootout begins
10am……Fitness demonstrations begins