Keep America Beautiful Month has been celebrated every April since the 1950s and recognizes the work led by more than 600 state and community-based affiliates, local partners, public officials, businesses and passionate volunteers. These passionate participants work to help end littering, improve recycling, and create other methods to help make our environment more healthy and beautiful. Here are 5 ways to celebrate Keep America Beautiful Month.

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Participate in the Great American CleanUp: This project brings communities all over the country together by holding events throughout the month of April that help improve the environment. Grab some friends and spend the day outside by participating in several types of environmental events. Some events include a community organized cleanup effort, creating a temporary electronics disposal site, and taking part in planting a community garden. To find a Great American Cleanup event in your neighborhood or to register an event you want to plan, go to their official website.

Plant and garden: Plant and garden in your community. Add some fresh air and create more greenery by planting native species that thrive in your area’s climate or add plant seeds to grow healthy and delicious vegetables to your garden. Do your research and discover what types of flowers or trees grow best in your area and find your green thumb this April.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: If your household does not have a recycling bin, it’s time to introduce one! Train your family and friends on how to properly separate waste such as plastic, glass, and paper. We can all collaborate to reduce waste and encourage environmental sustainability by recycling used products, repurposing discarded goods and reducing our consumption of paper and plastic. Go a step further and learn how to compost food scraps. This could be a great source of fuel for your outside garden!

Donate: Donate not only your time, but your money to charitable organizations that support a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable environment. Environmental charities will put your dollar to work; they stand behind their meaningful missions and will use their efforts to get big environmental projects done.

Teach the future: Take time to teach the younger generation about living an eco-friendly lifestyle and using sustainable resources. Guiding the next generation to be respectful of our environment will allow them to enjoy the same natural resources we have today and also in the future.

This April, get inspired and educate others on how to improve and beautify our community environment. Gather your friends and family and take part in local events that will help keep America beautiful for years to come!