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Elk River Canoe & Kayak Trail Cleanup - Mar 7, 2015

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Elk RiverOur Elk River is our primary water supply in Limestone County.  The Athens Water Department pulls nearly 17 million gallons of water every day from the Elk to supply it's customers.  The Elk River belongs to you.  Won't you help reclaim it?

On Saturday, March 7, 2015, KALB hopes to have an army of volunteers cleaning litter and debris out of and around the Elk River with a focus on  our Kiyak and Canoe Trail.  Last year 80+ volunteers removed over 4 tons of trash and debris from the river and surrounding land areas.  We need YOU!

KALB is organizing this cleanup as part of the annual Great American Cleanup.  This is always a big task and we need all the help we can get.  Our river is a tremendous and beautiful asset to Limestone County.  Sadly there are people who don't appreciate it as much as we do leaving litter, trash, and grafitti. 

There will be need for people to work on the river and on land, so anyone can help. 


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Earth Day & Outdoor EXPO

April 25, 2015

Earth Day & Outdoor EXPO - Athens, ALIT'S ALMOST TIME!!  It won't be long before the fun and excitement of celebrating our amazing planet comes back to Athens!

Join Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful and the Athens-Limestone Tourism Board on April 25th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Big Spring Memorial Park in Athens, Alabama, for a day of fun, music, games, food, door prizes, and more!  Free admission and all activities sponsored by KALB are free for everyone!  Don't miss this great day in Athens, Alabama!

KALB will host the Coosa River Science School who will bring a variety of raptors and shareRaptor Trek information regarding these amazing birds of prey.  The staff have been sharing environmental education programs since 1994.

Visit CREATURE COVE for more information on the Coosa River Science School programs.

We are also pleased to announce that the Tennessee Valley Zoo will join the event this yearEarth Day & Outdoor EXPO, Athens, AL and will bring 10 to 15 animals with them.  Critters will include a calf, goats, sheep, alpacas, llama, a wallaby, and porcupine.  We hope these animals will inspire the wonder of our children and help develop a desire to care about the environment in which they live.

Lots of exhibitors will be on hand to share information on the environment, earth-friendly products and services, outdoor activities, and healthy living. 


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KALB Membership:

Become a Partner in Education and Action

Your membership allows KALB to provide this community with the tools needed to make informed environmental decisions and act on them.  Here are just a few of our programs that are made possible by your membership:
  • Educational programs designed to reach pre-school through high school students
  • Adopt-A-Spot Program
  • Clean and Green Events - Supporting outdoor event organizers in litter/recycling efforts
  • Free cleanup supplies to our volunteers
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  • Adopt-a-Spot

    Adopting a Spot Can Bring Rewards!



    Litter is a definite problem in Athens and Limestone County.  The Adopt-A-Spot program was created to involve community organizations and individuals in solving the problem.

    Adopt a spot in the City of Athens, and your non-profit or civic organization can benefit!  

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  • Electronics Recycling

    Electronics Accepted Daily!

    It is no longer necessary to wait for a special Electronics Recycling Collection day to properly dispose of your old electronics.  They can be brought to the Athens-Limestone Recycling Center Monday through Friday during business hours.   

    More good news!  CRT monitors are now accepted free of charge!  An disposal fee will remain for televisions sets, however all other electronics are accepted free of charge!  Call 256-233-8746 for fee details.


  • Aluminum Can Bash

    Recycle CFL's at Lowe's!   

    Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL's) can now be recycled at the Lowe's in Athens.  

    Lowe's has given us a way to keep these bulbs, which contain a small amount of mercury, out of our landfills.

    CFL's are the small, curly bulbs.  The long stick lights cannot be recycled here at this time.

    Please take advantage of this, and be sure to tell the staff at Lowe's "Thank you for caring about our environment!"

  • Fluorescent Tubes can be taken to Batteries Plus Bulbs in Huntsville or Decatur and recycled for a small fee.  Please call the store for details.

  • Recycle Cooking Oils and Grease in Athens

    All cooking oils and grease may be collected in any sealed container you don't want back, or pick up a container from the cages located outside the KALB office on East St. or the Recycling Center on Lucas Ferry Rd.  There is also a cage outside the main entrance of the Utility Building on Wilkinson St.

    Once you have filled your container, return it to either of the collection cages and take another empty home with you.

    All the oils will be used to make biodiesel fuel for use in a local farmer's equipment.  The entire process stays right here in Limestone County and there is no charge to recycle it!