Frequently Asked Questions
We are sure you may have some questions. Hopefully, this page can help clarify some information for you. If not, KLCB members are readily available to assist you with any questions you may have. We are an organization that is willing to go that extra mile to enhance the quality of life in our community so if your question is not answered below, please contact us.
01 How do I volunteer and what can I expect when I volunteer?
Volunteering is fun and free to do. KLCB has a variety of volunteer opportunities for volunteers of all ages. Our volunteer opportunities range from on-the-boat lake cleanups to educational booths at events. We are happy to work with volunteers from all over the county. If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact us. We are happy to help figure out a volunteer opportunity for you.
If you are interested in managing your own cleanup in your area KLCB is glad to assist. Please contact KLCB for resources, information, and materials needed to conduct your own cleanup in your area. We are glad to help however we can and we appreciate your motivation.
02 Are my donations tax-deductible?
Keep Lincoln County Beautiful is a Non-Profit Organization focusing on charitable actions in our community. KLCB is an IRS Tax Exempted 501(c)(3). All donations to KLCB are utilized by KLCB to be distributed back into the community through the KLCB mission and goals. KLCB is readily available to provide donation receipts to donors for their records. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this or need any information from Keep Lincoln County Beautiful please contact us.
If you are interested in making an item contribution (tools, plants, bins, safety vests, etc.) please contact us and will arrange a meeting to collect these items. If you are looking to make a financial contribution then you can do so through our website here or contact us for other donation opportunities.
03 What do I need to do to partner with KLCB?
KLCB strives to help make our community a more beautiful place and we are more than excited to partner with anyone or organization who shares this common goal. If you or your organization think you may be interested in working with KLCB on projects, events, and more please contact us. We are ecstatic to hear from someone who shares our passion and wants to get involved. We will do what we can to assist with this common goal to enhance and beautify our community together.
04 What does it mean to be an affiliate and what issues does KLCB focus on?
KLCB is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. Keep America Beautiful has over 600 affiliates across the nation and KLCB is proud to be part of their network. Being a part of Keep America Beautiful gives KLCB access to grants, research, knowledge, resources, and other beneficial opportunities. Keep America Beautiful also helps KLCB track and manage data while providing guidance for KLCB whenever needed. Learn more about Keep America Beautiful.
KLCB strives to help make our community a more beautiful place to live while improving the quality of life for all living beings within our environment. Our mission statement can be summarized to Inspire, Empower, Educate, and Improve through Ending Litter, Increasing Recycling, and Beautifying our Community. KLCB works in various ways and has many goals to meet to ensure the success of our mission.
05 How does KLCB measure Community Impact?
KLCB utilizes measurement standards from Keep America Beautiful that have been studied and researched so that KLCB can put numeric values to our data and we can quantify the impact our mission has on our local community. We can do this by tracking how many trees, plants, and flowers we plant, tracking how much litter is collected, tracking how much material we have recycled, etc. This helps us measure our community impact. If you are interested in seeing any of this data, please contact us.
06 How do I report litter in my community?
There are a few different methods of reporting litter in the Lincoln County Community. Please see the following information below to decide which method of reporting will work for your situation:
Swat-A-Litterbug: The Swat-A-Litterbug Program is an educational effort administered by the North Carolina Department of Transportation Office of Beautification Programs. If you see someone littering or trash blowing from an open bed truck, here’s your chance to report them and teach them the littering laws of our state. Be sure to get the NC license plate number, type of littering offense, date, time and location. To Swat-A-Litterbug please click here.
Lincoln County Sheriff's Department: A littering offense can be reported to the Lincoln County Sherrif's Department but should be done so immediately as the incident occurs. Please DO NOT contact the emergency number for the Sherrif's Department. You can contact their non-emergency number to report litter- 704.732.9050. It is also helpful if you are able to capture video evidence of this offense to assist the Sheriff's Department in their investigation if at all possible.
Planning and Inspections Enforcement Officer: Illegal dumping or other related issues of this manner that are not on an NC DOT maintained road would need to be reported to the Planning and Inspections Enforcement Officers. These officers follow up to ensure proper measures of disposal are being taken by businesses, landowners, etc. if there is a concern for this issue. A complaint form to file can be found here or the contact information for the Lincoln County Code Enforcement Officers can be found below:
The NC DOT Lincoln County Office: Illegal dumping and other related issues on NC DOT maintained roads (such as deceased animal carcasses) can be reported to the local NC DOT office to be removed. The main contact for this matter is Brad Matthews and his contact information is 704.666.6340 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The local DOT website for Lincoln County can be found here.
07 Who do I go to if I want to Adopt-A-Highway?
Interested in adopting a highway? Utilize the NC DOT's Adopt-A-Highway program. Beautify your community and help it thrive. Information about the NC DOT's Adopt-A-Highway can be found here. Or speak with the Lincoln County Adopt-A-Highway Coordinator, Dana Morton, 704.748.2400.
08 How do I reduce, reuse, and recycle in Lincoln County?
Lincoln County Solid Waste Recycling- Lincoln County Solid Waste utilizes convenience sites throughout the community for residents. Residents can use the recycling opportunities at these sites but will need a residential dumping sticker to access their local convenience site. For information on how to recycle at Lincoln County Convenience Sites please click here.
City of Lincolnton Recycling Program- The City of Lincolnton utilizes a curbside collection program for city residents. If you reside within the City of Lincolnton and you are interested in partaking in the city's recycling program please click here.
Donating in Lincoln County- There are many opportunities to donate items for reuse in Lincoln County to minimize and reduce waste thrown into the landfill. Here is a list of places in Lincoln County that accept donations for many items. Lincoln County Solid Waste also offers some information on other donation opportunities.
Reduce your Use- There are many things that can be done at home to reduce your waste. Look for tips below in question 9.
09 How can I "Keep it Beautiful" at home, work, school, and all over?
Reduce your Use- Look for ways to reduce the amount of waste you create. This simply requires us to pay a little bit more attention to the waste we make. For tips on reducing waste in your life, click here.
Recycle More and Right- Recycle when you can. If the location you are at does not have a recycling bin then take your recyclables home to properly recycle them. If you do not recycle at home there are methods and guidelines that can help you start doing so listed under question 8. Recycling is an important part of our waste system. It helps us keep our world and home clean and green. Please recycle and recycle properly. If you have questions about recycling in your area contact the Lincoln County Recycling Coordinator, Jeanette Johnson, 704.732.9030 Extension 4.
Garden/Plant More- Planting flowers, plants, and trees can be fun, it can beautify your property, and it can certainly beautify your community. If you need advice on how to plant or what to plant you can contact the local NC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners at 704.736.8461.
End Litter- There are many ways to partake in the mission of ending litter. Individuals can choose to pick up litter in their area or get involved with a litter pickup event. Individuals may also spread awareness and education about littering and why it is important to prevent it. Contact KLCB for educational materials to handout.
10 I need help planting a tree- what can I do?
You're looking to plant a tree- GREAT! There are some steps you can take to set yourself up for success:
Call before you Dig- Several days before planting, call the national 811 hotline to have underground utilities located.
Handle with Care- Always lift the tree up by the root ball. Keep roots moist until planting.
Dig a Proper Hole- Dig 2 to 5 times wider than the diameter of the root ball with sloping sides to allow for proper root growth.
Plant Depth- The trunk flare should sit slightly above ground level and the top-most roots should be buried 1 to 2 inches.
Filling the Hole- Backfill with native soil (unless it is clay) then tamp the soil gently to fill the large air spaces.
Mulch- Allow 1 to 2 inch clearance between the trunk and the mulch. The mulch should be 2 to 3 inches deep.
For more information and tree planting tips please visit ArborDay.org