National Nonprofit Presents 2019 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Grant to Keep Dalton Whitfield Beautiful

Executive Director, Amy Hartline, poses with one of the specially ordered Ballot Bins to demonstrate how people can vote for one of two options using cigarette litter.

Executive Director, Amy Hartline, poses with one of the specially ordered Ballot Bins to demonstrate how people can vote for one of two options using cigarette litter.

Keep America Beautiful®, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, announced it has awarded a 2019 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program® grant to Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful to help it combat the most commonly littered item in America. Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful is one of 50 organizations receiving a Keep America Beautiful Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP) merit-based grant. Keep Dalton Whitfield Beautiful’s grant award of $2,000 will be used to install special “ballot bins” to encourage people to put their cigarettes in the right place. These bins allow people to “vote” using their cigarettes in a poll with two different options.  “We hope to make keeping our town clean more fun and interactive. That way everyone can feel more pride in the community they’ve created.”, said Executive Director, Amy Hartline.

Communities implementing the CLPP in 2018 reported an average 62 percent reduction of cigarette litter, even greater than the previous year’s average reduction of 52 percent. Cigarette Litter Prevention Program grant funding empowers communities to help mitigate the economic, environmental and quality of-life impact of cigarette butt littering. “Litter is both the smallest and largest problem at the same time,” said Jerred Jones, program director for the CLPP. “Keep America Beautiful is dedicated to educating consumers on the hazards of littering in public spaces and providing the tools to reduce litter. Access to ash receptacles and portable pocket ashtrays are crucial to changing littering behaviors.”

The CLPP, created by Keep America Beautiful in 2002, is the nation's largest program aimed at eliminating cigarette butt and cigar tip litter. Since its inception, the program has been successfully implemented in more than 1,800 urban, suburban and rural communities nationwide. Over the past decade, participating communities have consistently cut cigarette butt litter by 50 percent based on local measurements taken in the first four months to six months after program implementation. Research has shown that even self-reported “non-litterers” often don’t consider tossing cigarette butts on the ground to be "littering." Keep America Beautiful has found that cigarette butt litter occurs most often at transition points—areas where a person must stop smoking before proceeding into another area. These include bus stops, entrances to stores and public buildings, and the sidewalk areas outside of bars and restaurants, among others. The CLPP is supported by funding from Altria, Reynolds American, and the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company.

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Closed for Labor Day - Landfill, Convenience Centers

Four Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority facilities will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2019, in observance of Labor Day.

Locations include the

  • Old Dixie Landfill & Convenience Center,

  • McGaughey Chapel Convenience Center,

  • Westside Convenience Center, and the

  • M.L. King Convenience Center.


All locations will reopen on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. 

For more information call the main office at 706-277-2545.


Labor Day Holiday Schedule:


Saturday, August 31, 2019 - All Locations Open - Normal Hours (7:00 am – 3:00 pm)


Monday, September 2, 2019 – All Locations Closed


Tuesday, September 3, 2019 – All Locations Open (7:00 am – 6:00 pm)  (Westside Normally Closed)


Wednesday, September 4, 2019 – Resume Normal Operating Days and Hours (McGaughey Chapel Closed)

2019 School Beautification Grants Available Through Keep Dalton Whitfield Beautiful


Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful is pleased to announce the availability of School Beautification Grants for Fall 2019. The committee for Beautification and Community Greening has established mini-grants in celebration of National Planting Day. Beautification grants may range from a minimum of $100 to a maximum of $500.

Public and private schools in the Dalton, GA and Whitfield County area are invited to apply for funding that can help implement a project related to planting native plants. A school club, a single classroom, whole grade level or the entire school may organize a project and apply for a grant.

National Planting Day is celebrated annually by Keep America Beautiful in the fall as an opportunity to encourage volunteers to plant native species restoring ecological balance to the environment while creating greener, more beautiful communities. Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful is making these grants available to improve the visual aspects of our community through projects that beautify and clean the environment.

Knowing that children play a very important part in making this happen we want them to reap the benefits by participating in a project for their very own school. Beautification projects could include establishing or supporting a school garden, planting flowers in an outdoor space, or using plants for educational purposes.

Grant applications must be submitted online no later than September 16 at using the form on the Beautification Grant Application page.  Previous projects can be seen on the School Beautification Projects Page

For questions regarding the form or any aspects of your proposed project call executive director Amy Hartline at 706-278-5001. Grant winners will be announced September 23. Projects must be completed by December 2 and a project summary and photos are to be submitted by December 27. 

America Recycles Day Billboard Contest Announced for Fall 2019



The Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority is pleased to announce the 10th Annual America Recycles Day Billboard Contest for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders attending public or private schools participating in the Target Recycling at School program in Whitfield County. 


Students are invited to design a billboard in keeping with the spirit of America Recycles Day, which is celebrated yearly on November 15. The top design out of the three grade levels will be displayed during the month of November on two billboards in Whitfield County.


Schools in Whitfield County eligible to participate include Eastbrook Middle, New Hope Middle, North Whitfield Middle, Valley Point Middle, Westside Middle, Dalton Middle, Northstar School, Crossroads Academy, Christian Heritage School, and Learning Tree School.


During the 2018 contest, Valley Point Middle School 6th grader, Alicia Martinez , won first place overall. Her design includes the phrase, “I want to be recycled!” which was one of the themes of the contest. The artwork is detailed, neat, and very colorful showing recyclables lining up to begin the recycling process.

(See previous winning billboard designs here.)


Themes for this year are, “I recycle. Do you?!” and “I recycle with Recycling Ben!” First, second, and third place prizes will be given in each of the three grade levels. The grand prize is chosen from the three first-place winners. 


The Contest Guide with two versions of the official entry form can be downloaded at The deadline for entries is October 14, 2019. There is no entry fee, however, an official entry form needs to be included with the artwork. Only artwork submitted directly from a school representative will be accepted. Winners will be announced on October 21. 


For more information contact Amy Hartline, Recycling and Education Program Coordinator, at 706-278-5001 or e-mail: To learn more about America Recycles Day visit