Keep Cincinnati Beautiful (KCB), an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, has partnered with Uptown Consortium, Inc. since 2012 to ensure Uptown is a clean and beautiful place to live and visit. KCB utilizes the Sheriff’s Community Service Work Detail five days a week on dedicated routes throughout the five Uptown neighborhoods to collect trash and remove graffiti. KCB also tackles illegal dumping, which mostly consists of removing tires, construction debris, and furniture but can include more unusual items, such as an abandoned boat.
“We really love our partnership with Uptown. Whenever we can collaborate, we do,” said Alistair Probst, Environmental Services, Greenspace Program Manager at Keep Cincinnati Beautiful.
KCB is always ready and willing to serve Uptown whatever the environmental needs may be.
“Through strategic community partnerships, such as working with Uptown Consortium, the city, the police department, Hamilton County Sheriffs and City of Cincinnati Public Services, we aim to create a cleaner, safer, healthier, and more beautiful Cincinnati,” said Probst.
In 2018, the Uptown Sheriff Detail Work Crew and Keep Cincinnati Beautiful traveled a total of 740 miles around Uptown. They collected 104,010 pounds of trash, 7,660 pounds of recyclable litter, 206 tires and 228 pieces of furniture. They also removed 207 graffiti tags.
“I think that the broad spectrum of services we offer really strengthens the neighborhoods of Uptown. We provide the tools and the resources to better the community,” said Probst. “It empowers locals to invest and enjoy the place they live in.”
In addition to its work in Uptown, KCB offers arts programs, environmental education and greenspace development across the city, along with organizing the annual Great American Cleanup. The Uptown Consortium values KCB’s work in Uptown and looks forward to continuing their partnership for years to come.