Keep Las Cruces Beautiful

In light of the COVID-19 situation, the Parks & Recreation Dept. is in process of creating a plan to continue our services and programs in alignment with the Governor’s Office and New Mexico Department of Health directives. Please check back here or look for notifications from our administrative office or information posted to social media for updated information.

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KLCB and the City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department appreciate the community pitching in to pick up trash during the pandemic shut down, and encourage those who do so to observe COVID-19 guidelines of staying in small groups of five or less, practicing social distancing, wearing face coverings, and keeping hands clean to stay safe.

KLCB can supply trash bags, gloves, safety vests, and pick-up tools free of charge to any group or individual doing a voluntary clean-up. Supplies are available from 8 – 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 Bell. Ave. (near the corner of Bell Ave. & Linden Ave.). Look for the KLCB canopy.  

Keep Las Cruces Beautiful (KLCB) focuses on the 3 Es: Education, Eradication and Enforcement. Our program is dedicated to keeping our city beautiful through:

  • Community recycling efforts
  • Graffiti eradication and prevention activities
  • Litter and weed control
  • Neighborhood and community-wide beautification projects

Community involvement is a key component of our program empowering the citizens of Las Cruces to take action in their neighborhoods.

KLCB has been in existence since 1991 and is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and New Mexico Clean and Beautiful

There are many opportunities for involvement under the KLCB umbrella.

Adopt a Spot

You are encouraged to take part in this exciting and Adopt a Spot Signinnovative program by adopting a portion of your neighborhood. From business districts to your own block, beautification and maintenance of your own spot can only benefit your community. Check out program information and sign up.

2020 Great American CleanupGreat American Clean Up Volunteers

2020 event has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Toss No MasCleanup Volunteer Group

Keep Las Cruces Beautiful (KLCB), along with New Mexico Clean and Beautiful, hosts the annual Toss No Mas event in October. This event is a statewide initiative in partnership with New Mexico True.

Thank you Las Cruces for another successful Toss No Mas event! Pics from October 2019 event

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KLCB also hosts the annual Reuse and Recycle Fashion Show in honor of Earth Day. Contestants must create clothing designs out of recycled materials. The competition is open to everyone, and the call for entries is announced prior to the fashion show which is showcased at the City’s annual Earth Day event. 

Team Up to Clean Up!

The newest KLCB program is “Team Up to Clean Up!”, a beautification project to help enhance the quality of life in Las Cruces and reverse the process of neighborhood deterioration. Residents are encouraged to recruit their neighbors and clean up their neighborhood. Clean up events are scheduled per city district. KLCB will provide supplies such as bags, gloves, and specific locations, if needed. Find your district here and coordinate a neighborhood clean up soon!

Libby the Green Dog

KLCB collaborates with Las Cruces Public Schools and the City of Las Cruces to bring Libby the Green Dog as an ambassador to educate youth in controlling litter, recycling, beautification, and reporting graffiti. Libby visits with classrooms in various schools to teach kids how to recycle and ways to prevent illegal dumping.

Recycling bin for bottles and cans2017 Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful Public Space Recycling Bin Grant

The City of Las Cruces was a recipient of the 2017 Coca-Cola Foundation/Keep America Beautiful Public Space Recycling Bin Grant, one of fifty organizations nationwide to receive this award. 

The City has established a public space recycling initiative for City events, athletic fields, parks, and walking trails with bins. Recycling education is a continuous effort by the City. Those collaborating on the Recycling Bin project are:

  • Keep America Beautiful
  • Parks and Recreation
  • South Central Solid Waste Authority, which coordinates the City recycling program
  • The Sustainability Office
  • Utilities - Solid Waste

The bins, which collect plastic bottles and aluminum cans, are located along the Triviz Multipurpose Path and Outfall Channel, and at Apodaca Park, Young Park, and Veterans Memorial Park. Download a map of bin locations (PDF).

Learn More

For more information about Keep Las Cruces Beautiful programs and clean up opportunities, please contact us at 575-528-4506.