Providing Leadership and Education in Community Beautification, Litter Prevention and Recycling

Serving the residents of Putnam County


Who We Are

The Keep Putnam County Beautiful Clean Commission is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Cookeville, TN serving the residents of Putnam County. For more than 30 years, the Clean Commission has worked tirelessly to prevent litter, clean up illegal dumps, increase access to recycling and educate the next generation on the importance of responsible solid waste management.


What We Do

These are the ongoing programs and activities of the Clean Commission.
We need your support to keep these programs going!


Cleaning Up Illegal Dumps

At Keep Putnam County Beautiful Clean Commission, we have worked with the county, state and willing landowners to clean up ten legacy dumps across the county, deploying an army of volunteers to remove years’ worth of household waste and thousands of tires. We post signs at these locations to discourage future dumping and work with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office to discourage those who dump.

Litter Prevention and Pickup

We administer the Putnam County Adopt-a-Road program. Presently we have 30 active groups cleaning 30 miles of city roads.  Last year we recorded 734 volunteers participating in the program who spent 1884 hours collecting 256 bags of garbage from our roads. We provide volunteers with cleanup supplies and a road sign recognizing their efforts after three road cleanups in a year.

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Access to Recycling

For 30 years, we have worked alongside the Putnam County Solid Waste Department to increase recycling access. We started by hosting two recycling events per year in the 1980’s. Today, recycling is offered at all sixteen permanent recycling facilities across the county; businesses can register for recycling, several Putnam County Schools are recycling in the lunchroom and Cookeville is exploring curbside recycling through a pilot project. We also provide recycling services to several community events.

Engaging with the Next Generation

We understand that the future of responsible solid waste management lies with our children. We have developed several classroom activities demonstrating the benefits of recycling and living in a clean environment free of litter. We also facilitate a lunchroom recycling program that empowers students to participate in a better future and generates extra funding for schools.

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Recognizing Green Business Leaders

The Go Green Business Award recognizes those businesses following good environmental practices. They are presented with a certificate, yard sign and featured article in the Herald-Citizen


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead

Upcoming Events
Putnam Proud Countywide Cleanup
Sat, Sep 21
All Over Putnam County!
Sep 21, 2019, 5:00 AM – Sep 28, 2019, 2:40 PM
All Over Putnam County!
Join your neighbors in a week-long blitz to rid Putnam County of litter!
Garden Tour
Sat, Jun 15
Algood Middle School
Jun 15, 2019, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Algood Middle School, 540 Dry Valley Rd, Cookeville, TN 38506, USA
Learn ways to incorporate sustainability into your garden while getting inspired by some of the prettiest gardens in Putnam County!

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