Upcoming Events

Annual Shoe Collection

Until May 31

Our Annual Shoe Drive takes place between March 1 and May 30 so start collecting GENTLY USED and/or new shoes from your closets, family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.  Take them to one of the drop off locations below or sign up to serve as a drop-off site.  All you need is a box and a sign!  The shoes will be reused in developing countries.  Learn more here.


  • Chapin Chamber of Commerce, 302 Columbia Ave, Chapin, SC 29036
  • Cynthia Byrd's Residence, 125 Turkey Ridge Dr., Chapin, SC 29036 - Contact rememberingbrandon@yahoo.com before going.


West Columbia

  • Keep the Midlands Beautiful Office, 1305 Augusta Rd, West Columbia, SC 29169 - place shoes in dark green roll cart on the side porch


Great American Cleanup

Until June 21

The Great American Cleanup (GAC) is an annual, nationwide effort created by our parent organization, Keep America Beautiful, designed to encourage Americans to remove litter and beautify their communities.  It takes place from the first day of spring (March 20, 2023) to the first day of summer (June 21, 2023).


This year, Keep the Midlands Beautiful (KMB) is making the Great American Cleanup a competition among all municipalities and the unincorporated areas (i.e. the areas outside of the towns and cities) in Lexington and Richland Counties.    Let's work together to ALL make a difference in our community!

If you want to participate by picking up litter in your town/city/county, request supplies and/or submit a report card.  You and/or your team will be eligible for prizes and the town/city/county that removes the most litter per volunteer will win a 'traveling trophy' to display for one year.


Paper Shredding Event for Lexington County Residents

May 20

Keep the Midlands Beautiful is partnering with the Town of Pine Ridge to offer...

WHAT? A paper shredding event for

WHO? All residents of Lexington County (no business material accepted)

WHEN? Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE?  Pine Ridge Town Hall, 2757 Fish Hatchery Rd., West Columbia, SC 29172

HOW MUCH? It's free but each household is limited to 5 boxes or bags of paper

QUESTIONS?  Contact Keep the Midlands Beautiful at (803) 733-1139 or email Traude at tsander@kmbsc.org.

NOTE: The next two paper shredding events will be in August in the town of Irmo and in October in the town of Lexington.

Household Hazardous Waste & Electronic Recycling Events for Lexington County Residents

June 2 & 3

Lexington County residents are encouraged to safely dispose of household hazardous waste including paint, old fire extinguishers, and pesticides, and electronics on the following upcoming dates from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.:

  • Friday, June 2, at EcoFlo, 1741 Calk's Ferry Rd.
  • Saturday, June 3, at EcoFlo, 1741 Calk's Ferry Rd.

NOTE: Up to 5 electronics are accepted at EcoFlo on the above dates.

Click here for a poster with additional important details including addresses and a list of materials accepted.


Save the Date for Lakeside Litter Sweep

September 16

The 2023 Lakeside Litter Sweep will be held on Saturday, September 16.  Join KMB, over 20 event partners and approximately 250 volunteers as we clean up Lake Murray's shorelines, islands, and water while having a great time!  Volunteers can choose to stay on shore, use your own boats to travel to islands or sign up for a free pontoon ride to islands.  Pre-registration is required.  Watch this space for registration information in July.  


Adopt-a-Highway and Adopt-A-Street Cleanup Dates

Please plan ahead and submit supply requests at least one week in advance! Notify your Adopt-a-Highway or Adopt-a-Street group members of our scheduled quarterly cleanup dates. For more information, click here.


  • Saturday, February 11, 2023
  • Saturday, May 20, 2023
  • Saturday, August 19, 2023
  • Saturday, November 18, 2023


  • Saturday, February 10, 2024
  • Saturday, May 18, 2024
  • Saturday, August 17, 2024
  • Saturday, November 16, 2024

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