Keep Oconee Beautiful Association
A Keep America Beautiful Affiliate
Working Toward a Clean & Litter-Free Oconee
Get Involved !
KOBA’s Elementary Education programs for grades 1 through 4 have been in existence for 17 years We teach our county’s young people about anti-littering, littering laws, and the devastating effects littering and other contamination has on our land and water resources. The curriculum features our popular mascot, Kobie Bear, and incorporates interactive lessons and hands-on activities for reduce, reuse, recycling, and composting. All of the lessons are consistent with current South Carolina academic standards, and help the school district meet state guidelines for lessons on environmental protection. If you are interested in helping with this program, click here.
KOBA, its statewide partner PalmettoPride, and the SC Department of Transportation (SCDOT) work together to coordinate the Adopt-a-Highway program in Oconee County. The goal of Adopt-A-Highway is to reduce roadway so that our county’s natural beauty can shine through.
Through Adopt-a-Highway, volunteer teams adopt a section of a highway for a minimum of two years and hold section cleanups at least twice each year. KOBA and Palmetto Pride provide an on-line safety training video plus supplies such as safety vests, trash bags, and litter pick-up sticks, all free of charge.
After a group’s second successful pickup, SCDOT installs highway signage with the name of the company or organization. The signs give volunteers pride in their efforts and advertise their organization’s commitment to the county’s beautification.
Learn more about South Carolina litter pick-up programs at https://www.palmettopride.org/get-involved/pickup-programs/
To become involved in Oconee County’s Adopt-A-Highway program click here.
Important Safety Video
Click on the picture for a 5-minute YouTube training video that demonstrates procedures for safety that all Adopt-A-Highway and Adopt-A-Spot volunteers should watch before they hit the roads to perform a clean up.
KOBA, working in concert with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Department and the towns of Westminster, Seneca and Walhalla, has identified areas around the county, such as city parks, parking lots, and ballfields, of particular concern for litter blight. Such sites are included in KOBA’s Adopt-A-Spot program, in which citizens, community organizations, and youth groups can join KOBA volunteer forces to clean and beautify Oconee County. KOBA’s Adopt-A-Spot program works in cooperation with the Adopt-A-Highway program that has been in existence since 1988. Send us an email to learn more.
KOBA schedules regular litter pick-ups around the county. Enjoy time with friends and get to know new people while you show our county that you care. It’s a good way to get make a clear difference in our community. Not only will it make our roadways more pleasant, but it will prevent plastics and other waste from entering our waterways and oceans. To learn more about being a KOBA litter-buster, click here.
KOBA is a largely volunteer-run organization, dependent on citizens like you who serve on its many board committees. Volunteers are needed on the the Education, Public Relations, Community Outreach, Finance, and Advocacy committees, and more.
You can also help KOBA's mission to Keep Oconee clean and beautiful by becoming a member of KOBA. Individual, Family, and Corporate memberships are available. Click here for more information.