Columbia, SC – Keep South Carolina Beautiful, a division of PalmettoPride, announces the certification of Keep Hanahan Beautiful as an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc. Keep Hanahan Beautiful (KHB) was formed as a committee through the City of Hanahan and its mission is to unite Hanahan in beautification, litter control & waste reduction.

KHB has achieved much in their brief history. For their first Great American Cleanup as a pre-certified affiliate this spring, 5,066 volunteers participated in 38 events. These amazing volunteers removed 8,380 pounds of trash, planted 23 trees, 265 plants and started 2,217 seeds for future projects, providing for a cost avoidance of $312,470.88 to the city.

KHB was certified by Keep America Beautiful, Inc. on April 14, 2015, following a three-month pre-certification period. To achieve certification, KHB had to form a Board of Directors; develop a mission, bi-laws and order for governance; and perform a Litter Index and a Focus Area Survey.

 “Hanahan has shown everyone that it is not the biggest town or county that can yield big results,” said Sherryl Jenkins, Keep South Carolina Beautiful program manager.

Keep America Beautiful, Inc. is the nation’s largest community improvement organization aimed at engaging citizens to take responsibility for their community environments focusing on three areas: litter prevention, waste reduction and beautification. By joining the KAB network, Hanahan shows leadership in creating cleaner, safer and conscientious communities.

“We are proud and honored to have such dedicated citizens of Hanahan,” says Mayor Minnie Caldwell. “This group of KHB volunteers have already done amazing things in our City and I encourage everyone to join the effort in making our Community a better place to live for now and future generations.”

“The Keep Hanahan Beautiful Affiliate has big plans for little Hanahan,” says Executive Director Kelly Bocook, with hopes of spreading the passion for a better community county-wide and a future Keep Berkeley County Beautiful affiliate. To learn what you can do call Keep Hanahan Beautiful at 843-580-8005, online at www.keephanahanbeautifu.orgl or like us on Facebook.