Keep Las Cruces Beautiful

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KLCB and the City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department appreciate the community pitching in to pick up trash during the pandemic shut down, and appreciate those who did so to observe COVID-19 guidelines of staying in small groups of five or less, practicing social distancing, wearing face coverings, and keeping hands clean to stay safe.

KLCB can supply trash bags, gloves, safety vests, and pick-up tools free of charge to any group or individual doing a voluntary clean-up. Supplies are available from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 Bell. Ave. (near the corner of Bell Ave. & Linden Ave.). Look for the KLCB canopy.  

Keep Las Cruces Beautiful (KLCB) focuses on the 3 E's: Education, Eradication and Enforcement. Our program is dedicated to keeping our city beautiful through:

  • Community recycling efforts
  • Graffiti eradication and prevention activities
  • Litter and weed control
  • Neighborhood and community-wide beautification projects

Community involvement is a key component of our program empowering the citizens of Las Cruces to take action in their neighborhoods.

KLCB has been in existence since 1991 and is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and New Mexico Clean and Beautiful

There are many opportunities for involvement under the KLCB umbrella.

Adopt a Spot

You are encouraged to take part in this exciting and Adopt a Spot Signinnovative program by adopting a portion of your neighborhood. From business districts to your own block, beautification and maintenance of your own spot can only benefit your community. Check out program information and sign up.


2021 Great American CleanupGreat American Clean Up Volunteers

The 2022 date for this event will be announced once date is set.


Toss No MasCleanup Volunteer Group

Individual volunteers, groups, and civic organizations are invited to register for this year’s “Toss No Mas” cleanup event that will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021
 
 Keep Las Cruces Beautiful (KLCB), City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation, and New Mexico Clean and Beautiful programs will host the annual “Toss No Mas” Cleanup, a great opportunity to beautify Las Cruces. The “Toss No Mas” campaign was created in the 1990’s by Cooney-Watson Productions.
 
 After visiting 96 locations across the state, it was discovered litter in New Mexico was found in communities, on average, every six feet! The department found the largest litter accumulations come from people not tying up their garbage bags, tarping their loads, or picking up dropped debris or litter.
 
 A new logo and slogan for this campaign, “Can the Trash” was created by RK Venture, along with a broader message to “Tie it. Tarp it. Pick it up.”
 
 Keep Las Cruces Beautiful will have a centralized location, Young Park, 1905 Nevada Ave., for information, identified locations, and supplies the morning of the event. Hundreds of volunteers participate each year to collect litter at parks, schools, streets, and business properties during the “Toss No Mas” Cleanup campaign.
 
 In past years, we have had more than 1,000 volunteers from local groups and organizations collect more than 16 tons of litter during the annual event. The “Toss No Mas” Cleanup campaign is organized locally by KLCB and is a statewide initiative in partnership with New Mexico True.
 
Volunteers can pick up supplies from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. the week of Monday, October 11 through Friday, October 15 in the south parking lot at Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell Ave.

Information about the campaign containing facts about how litter affects our communities, advice on how to tie/tarp loads on vehicles, and ways for people to get involved and volunteer in their neighborhoods can be found at 
www.tossnomasnm.com.
 
Additionally, KLCB reminds individuals, businesses, or organizations they can participate in the Adopt-a-Spot Program in the city. The only requirement for the cost-free service is to organize a cleanup once a month in exchange for a sign with the participants name and a clean stretch of a multi-use path, park, or right-of-way area.
 
All volunteers are encouraged to register online at www.las-cruces.org/Toss-No-Mas-Registration, or call 575/528-4506, or email KLCB@las-cruces.org for information to sign up.
 

Thank you Las Cruces for another successful Toss No Mas event! Pics from October 2019 event

2021 Toss No Mas Online Registration Form


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KLCB also hosts the annual Reuse and Recycle Fashion Show in honor of Earth Day. Contestants must create clothing designs out of recycled materials. The competition is open to everyone, and the call for entries is announced prior to the fashion show which is showcased at the City’s annual Earth Day event. 

Team Up to Clean Up!

The newest KLCB program is “Team Up to Clean Up!”, a beautification project to help enhance the quality of life in Las Cruces and reverse the process of neighborhood deterioration. Residents are encouraged to recruit their neighbors and clean up their neighborhood. Clean up events are scheduled per city district. KLCB will provide supplies such as bags, gloves, and specific locations, if needed. Find your district here and coordinate a neighborhood clean up soon!

Call for Volunteers for Team Up to Clean Up District 2 Event

Volunteers are needed! Get rid of weeds, trash, junk, graffiti and other debris in your neighborhood the Team Up to Clean Up way!

The Parks & Recreation Department Keep Las Cruces Beautiful (KLCB) will conduct its next Team Up to Clean Up event from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, September 18, in City Council District 2, represented by Councilor Tessa Abeyta-Stuve. Two roll-off containers, provided by Las Cruces Utilities Solid Waste, will be available at Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell Ave., south parking lot, and Tony Gomez Park, 2283 S. Espina St., for District 2 residents to utilize during event hours only.

Keep Las Cruces Beautiful and Las Cruces Police Department Codes Enforcement will also have supply stations at both locations. They will provide equipment & supplies, specific clean up locations, and any additional information. Recruit your neighbors and friends to join efforts to maintain property beginning where you live. Anyone living in City Council District 2 can contribute to the City’s beautification by joining KLCB to help clean up their neighborhood!

Almost 2 tons of trash was collected during a recent Team Up to Clean Up event in August.

To find your City Council district, go to: https://las-cruces.maps

To sign up for “Team Up to Clean Up” district events, or for information about KLCB, contact Coordinator James Woods at 575/528-4506 or send an email to KLCB@las-cruces.org.

Libby the Green Dog

KLCB collaborates with Las Cruces Public Schools and the City of Las Cruces to bring Libby the Green Dog as an ambassador to educate youth in controlling litter, recycling, beautification, and reporting graffiti. Libby visits with classrooms in various schools to teach kids how to recycle and ways to prevent illegal dumping.