Keep Sherwood Beautiful and Keep Arkansas Beautiful were recognized recently in the 2012 Nestlé Pure Life Recycling Awards.

"We are proud of Arkansans in general and of Keep Sherwood Beautiful in particular for stepping up their recycling efforts," said Robert Phelps, director of Keep Arkansas Beautiful. "Sustainable waste management improves the environmental quality of life in Arkansas communities."

Winners are determined by the pounds per capita of materials made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycled during Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup™. Held March 1 through May 31, the Great American Cleanup in Arkansas involves volunteers throughout the state in litter prevention, recycling and beautification projects. The 2012 event resulted in nearly 75 tons of PET being recycled.

Keep Sherwood Beautiful began during the mid-2000s when the then-Keep Arkansas Beautiful Director spoke at The Sherwood Chamber of Commerce, giving rise to an interest here. The late Mayor Bill Harmon also supported the creation of Keep Sherwood Beautiful.

In the Spring of 2006 Herschel Bowman led the effort to get KSB started. Bowman served as the original board chairman.

One of the original board members, Betty Barnhardt, eventually became the executive director. She serves in that capacity today.

KSB performed its first litter index in 2006 and earned a score of 1.25.

In 2007, KSB became an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. A total of 35 workers volunteered to help pick up litter and perform community improvement projects such as planting bushes and cleaning up sites.