TAVARES — Keep Lake Beautiful was recently presented with the Keep America Beautiful President’s Circle Award at a national conference in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes exemplary performance by certified affiliates in creating clean, green and beautiful communities.

In qualifying for the President’s Circle Award, Keep Lake Beautiful has met Keep America Beautiful’s standards of merit by conducting an annual Community Appearance Index, calculating the affiliate’s cost/benefit ratio and administering activities in the areas of ending littering, improving recycling and beautifying the county.

“One of Keep America Beautiful’s most effective tools is the work of our grassroots network of affiliate organizations, which has an impact on millions of Americans each year,” said Keep America Beautiful COO Becky Lyons. “Our affiliates are providing real solutions that help create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound.”

Since its launch in September 2015, Keep Lake Beautiful has worked on nearly 20 projects, including community and waterway cleanups, roadside litter pickups, neighborhood and school beautification events, tree plantings and household hazardous waste drop offs.

In 2016, 365 volunteers worked 1,252 hours collecting 30,900 pounds of litter and 2,600 pounds of recyclables.

To volunteer or become a sponsor, go to www.lakecountyfl.gov/KLB or call Keep Lake Beautiful Coordinator Will Dawson at 352-742-3950.