KESAB environmental solutions (Keep South Australia Beautiful Inc.) is South Australia’s peak NGO environmental sustainability educator. The Association has been operating since 1966 and is a Founding Member of KABN (1972).
KESAB partners with governments, councils, corporate sectors and community creating a broad scope of environmental information resources, litter and waste audit programs all encouraging community participation through action.
Litter campaigns, recycling and resource recovery education are supported by skilled and experienced staff in partnership with schools, councils and community. Outcomes in recent years show South Australia has achieved significant recycling rates and waste diversion (the best in Australia) and KESAB has played an important role from our simple beginning.
KESAB programs include Clean Site (Building and Construction), Litter Less and Wipe Out Waste (schools), PALYA Clean Communities (remote indigenous lands), council waste education, accredited council and business waste audits, Road Watch, and Please Butt It campaign.
KESAB partners with KABN in Sustainable Communities (Tidy Towns), Sustainable Cities and Clean Beach. These are important initiatives recognising community effort and achievement.
Social research is important to KESAB allowing facilitation of targeted programs including Butt Free Australia, Clean Marine and litter reduction and behavioral change campaigns.
Research through Australia’s only litter count, KESAB Litter Index, has been conducted for over 20 years. Information sets a benchmark for capturing data which is carefully analysed to underpin litter reduction campaigns.
KESAB works with over 110 recycling depots in South Australia which was the first State to regulate Container Deposit Legislation (CDL 1978). Northern Territory followed in 2012. The success of CDL allows KESAB to focus on other litter pollution including take away packaging, illegal dumping and cigarette butt litter. Combined these types of litter make up about 65 – 70% of all litter counted.
Our education staff work with over 1000 schools and 40 councils to deliver waste education, composting sessions and community waste tours embracing e waste, green and organics and construction demolition diversion from landfill.
KESAB operates two education centers show casing environmental sustainability best practice to over 4 000 students and community a year.
The KESAB family of community, teachers and students (approx. 25 000) contribute an estimated 375 000 hours of voluntary work valued at $12 million per annum towards environmental sustainability.
Thank you to all KESAB partners and the community of South Australia.