Keep Arkansas Beautiful honors Benton community leader

Tiffany Dunn, an employee of the Saline County Regional Solid Waste Management District, was recognized as a Keep Arkansas Beautiful Lodestar.

According to the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission, a lodestar is someone who "serves as an inspiration, model or guide."

In honor of its 25th anniversary, which it is calling its "Greeniversary," Keep Arkansas Beautiful is honoring 25 exceptional individuals for guiding their neighborhoods and communities in an effort to keep Arkansas clean, green and free of litter.

Dunn has worked with Saline County district for nearly three years and recently became a board member for Keep Bryant Beautiful.

According to Robert Phelps, director of Keep Arkansas Beautiful, Dunn's commitment to keeping her community vibrant is what makes her worthy to be recognized as a lodestar.

Dunn said, "We are lucky to live in The Natural State, and it is important to keep our home clean and an environmentally fun place to live. I feel that education is a very powerful tool. The more we educate people the more mindful and proactive people will become."

She said the mission of Keep Arkansas Beautiful is compatible with the goals set for Saline County.

Dunn says that winning a second-place national award from Keep America Beautiful has been one of the highlights of her career at the solid waste management district.. Another has been working with the Green Team Program in Saline County.

"Through the Green Team Program, we are able to work with students and teachers, educating them about recycling and volunteering in the community," Dunn said. "We work with different organizations like Keep Bryant Beautiful, Saline Green, Benton Matters and Labor for Your Neighbor. Through these organizations we are able to pair students with volunteer opportunities such as litter pickups, beautification projects and even contests for the schools."

Dunn also stated that the curbside recycling program in Saline County has been another project she has enjoyed working on.

"Before curbside recycling began," Dunn said, "recycling was very limited and not very convenient. We have worked hard the past two years to get a program going, and I'm happy to say that curbside recycling began in Saline County on April 1."