During this 4-day process, volunteers drive through different parts of the city ranking the amount of litter in a neighborhood, industrial park or shopping mall. The sites are rotated each year to provide a substantial time for improvement.
Lee County Water Festival
Each May a variety of local businesses and organizations support Water Festival. All 4th graders in Lee County (city schools & county schools) are brought to Auburn University to learn about water filtration, aquifers and other subjects. Keep Opelika Beautiful is a sponsor and volunteers for the event.
Clean Campus Program
Lesson plans are taught by liaison teachers in all the Opelika City Schools. The schools also participate in a variety of recycling programs including recycling at sporting events, creating a hummingbird habitat, building an outdoor classroom, constructing a compost pile and collecting white paper for recycling. In April of each year, volunteers judge each campus on cleanliness.
Christmas Tree Recycling
A project of Opelika Tree Commission and Keep Opelika Beautiful. This takes place the Saturday after Christmas at the Opelika Chamber from 8am-12pm. Citizens receive a tree seedling in exchange for the tree.
Arbor Day in Opelika is celebrated the last Saturday of the February. A tree is planted as a demonstration and students receive prizes for the poster contest. The Opelika Tree Commission gives away a variety of tree seedlings.
Electronics Recycling & Document Shredding
This event takes place in the fall and spring each year. Recently the event has grown from a just a Keep Opelika Beautiful event to a project of the East Alabama Recycling Partnership. This allows all residents of Lee County to participate. The Electronics Recycling & Document Shredding event is a day long event that allows residents to bring electronics and documents to be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. There is no charge.
Businesses, civic organizations, school groups and neighborhoods are encouraged to participate in Adopt-A-Mile program. The only cost to the group is purchasing the sign which is also roadside promotion. The chosen one mile area is cleaned approximately four times per year. Gloves, bags and vests are provided.
The first Saturday in March, Keep Opelika Beautiful encourages citizens to cleanup the city throughout the day. Trash bags are compliments of GLAD. East Alabama Medical Center is great about donating gloves. The Opelika Exchange Club feeds all participants after the event (usually 9am-1pm). Past participants include Opelika High School students, civic clubs, businesses, non-profits and college sororities.
Made up of dedicated volunteers, the Beautification Committee scouts the city for beautiful lawns, colorful flowers and well trimmed shrubs. The program runs March-August each year. Yard of the Year Award is given away at the Opelika City Council meeting.
Business & Community Committee
The Business and Community Committee encourages business to participate in Adopt-A-Mile, property beautification and recycling. The group of volunteers also award a quarterly Clean Business Award to local businesses.
Azalea & Dogwood Trail
Keep Opelika Beautiful highlights spring in Opelika with a Trail through the beautiful trees and shrubs. The Trail is usually starts the first week of April or when the flowers and trees begin to bloom. The Trail begins at the corner of 8th Street and 2nd Avenue, near Trinity United Methodist Church. Directional arrows guide visitors and brochures may be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce.
Summer Business After Hours
Keep Opelika Beautiful partners with Opelika Chamber of Commerce, Opelika Mainstreet and East Alabama Arts Association to host a Business Over Breakfast. This event is held at the Opelika Depot in Downtown Opelika.
Telephone Book Recycling
Keep Opelika Beautiful partners with AT&T, Opelika City Schools and City of Opelika Solid Waste Department to collect out of date or unused telephone books. Local students are asked to bring books to their homeroom or citizens may drop the books at a school. AT&T provides a monetary prize to the top three schools. The kick-off for this event coincides with America Recycles Day on November 15th.
Garden in the Park
Little Red Caboose
Keep Opelika Beautiful's little red caboose proudly sits at the Opelika Depot. Opelika has always been considered a "railroad town" and it only seemed fitting for a retired Norfolk Southern caboose rest in our city. The backdrop for many pictures, the exterior of the caboose has been renovated through generous donations of Charter Foundation, local residents, fundraisers and grants. The colors are the true Norfolk Southern "safety yellow" and "safety red". The caboose renovations are complete. Contact the Keep Opelika Beautiful office for a tour.