Cookeville-Putnam County Clean Commission

Rating: 4.71 stars   21 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 515 E. Broad St., Suite A Cookeville TN 38501 USA

Mission:

The Cookeville-Putnam County Clean Commission is a local non-profit organization in Putnam County, Tennessee. The Clean Commission is committed to providing leadership to educate and involve ALL Putnam County residents. By teaching litter prevention, recycling, and proper waste management, we encourage the citizens of Putnam County to beautify and improve their environment. Through specific programming to schools, business and industry, we can make a positive impact toward conserving our natural resources for future generations.



Programs: Litter-free events: CityScape's Fall FunFest, Bark in the Park, Home & Garden Show, WOW festival, Dogapalooza
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 2 stars  

I live and work in Putnam County and see the litter linning the streets. I myself take the time to separate and recycle everything I can and clean up the trash when I see it floating along the roadsides. However, more funding is needed so everyone can be provided with a curbside bin designated solely for recycling making it convienient and seen. Right now the way it is, we all have to take our recycling to designated area, now I don't mind doing this, but most people just can't or won't find the time. This is a problem. If Putnam County wanted to make the change, grants and funding are available not to mention the money the County could make off of recycled products. As a region we are proud of our land and our beautiful plateau, we can become a leader in greening our communities if only we made the effort together and our elected official made recycling a budgeted priority.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

yes, I work with the Clean Commission and advocate for a cleaner community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more funding to provide more recycling services to the people. It should be law that all people recycle just as it is law that littering is punishable.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It amazes me to see how a small group of people can affect a community so dramatically. Cookeville has changed from a town inundated with litter to a proud community, conscious of clean-up, beautification and the need to recycle. This has been due to an active board and a dedicated administrator, Lisa Luck.
Litter-control reminders abound through display and information booths at local events and festivals. School children and members of organizations are educated creatively to keep the city clean and to recycle. The annual beautification awards for residences and businesses serve to encourage and reward. Recycling sites are provided and solid waste managed. Public events are monitored for litter by volunteers. Individuals or groups take responsibility for designated pick-up.
All this is accomplished with a small budget and a part-time director. Increased funding could provide an office copy machine and additional educational materials.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Enjoying a cleaner city, conscious of improving the environment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have the director work full-time and provide more volunteer workers to accomplish even more.

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Rating: 5 stars  

For 25 years, the Cookeville/Putnam Co. Clean Commission has worked to keep our community looking its best. As a new board member, I have come to learn what a very limited budget they have to work with. It is an organization that relies heavily on donations and volunteers. I have been in this community for over 20 years, and their presence is unbelievable considering their limited funding. They have always done an amazing job promoting recycling, as well as educating the general public of its importance.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The recycling bins around town and at special events.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to get more funding

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Rating: 5 stars  

The work of this organization is important to our community not only for what they do in helping to make our county a cleaner place to live but in helping to spread the word about environmentally sound practices that will have an effect on future generations. One small action today can have a major ripple effect for the future. If all organizations with the objectives of this one had the same impact relative to size and resources that this one does, it would be an amazing world. Very impressive with the group and the goals.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They have volunteered to help us with litter reduction at a local community event next year.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the funding

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Clean Commission does an amazing amount of activism and volunteering for such a small organization. They have a presence at all community events and help keep our city clean by educating our citizens and mobilizing volunteering efforts. The Clean Commission doesn't just direct, though. They get their hands dirty picking up litter across the city and Lisa Luck is always the first one to arrive and the last one to leave at Clean Commission project sites.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the amount of trash and litter that accumulates after one of our major city events, such as the Fall Fun Fest, and subsequently seen the fantastic job that the Clean Commission does in cleaning up!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...hire more workers. While volunteers certainly help out, it's difficult for their single employee to maintain all of the paperwork and continuity required in such an active organization.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

I visited their booth at a local event.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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