Solvay Plants Trees

 ORANGE, TX – Solvay Specialty Polymers Plant in Orange has partnered with Keep Orange      County Beautiful (KOCB) to plant canopy trees as part of their Business/Community Environmental Initiative.  Solvay recently launched a new step with a new target – Solvay committed to reducing its absolute GHG (green house gas) emissions of its operations by 2025, compared with the 2017 level, at constant scope. “Effectively fighting global warming requires decreasing GHG emissions in absolute value;” according to Kyle O’Halloran Solvay’s Orange site manager.

When a community’s economy is healthy and business grows; trees are often removed for additional expansion space.  This tree planting located at the entrance to the City of Orange boat ramp on Simmons Drive is a gift to Orange County who lost 30-40% of its tree canopy during Hurricane Rita.  Orange County is located in the middle of the third largest busier than ever interstate highway system in the US with thousands of vehicles emitting carbon dioxide every day.   Simmons Drive is a major Orange entrance that aligns with Mayor Larry Spears’s desire to recreate Simmons Drive as family-friendly; and to welcome both visitors and Orange citizens alike to fishing tournaments, boat races and other events at the soon-to-be-built boat ramp pavilion.

Trees planted are Montezuma Cypress.  They are fast-growing up to 70 feet tall with a thick trunk up to 6 feet in diameter similar to other cypresses in the area but this species does not produce “knees.” Abundant towering pine, oak, and cypress have played an important role throughout Orange’s history.  Canopy Trees are workhorses that remove air pollution by breathing in atmospheric carbon dioxide and breath out oxygen as well as filtering dust and other pollutants.   An acre of trees can absorb 6 tons of carbon dioxide and produce 4 tons of life-giving oxygen.

Solvay is an advanced material and specialty chemicals company, committed to developing chemistry that addresses key societal challenges. Solvay innovates and partners with customers worldwide in many diverse end markets. Its products are used in planes, cars, batteries, smart and medical devices, as well as in mineral and oil and gas extraction, enhancing efficiency and sustainability.   Solvay now generates 50% of revenues with solutions addressing the challenges of sustainable development   Learn more at www.solvayspecialtypolymers.com.


The value of trees adds to the desirability of urban areas.  Trees mean good business. Citizens and visitors prefer to shop and play at shaded and well-landscaped locations.   It is a generous and noble act to protect, preserve, propagate and plant big trees.    Keep Orange County Beautiful’s ongoing mission of “More Trees, Less Trash” is proud to recognize and help further the efforts of Solvay Specialty Polymers Orange, Texas plant for the conservation and beautification efforts of their business and our community.  

For more information on Keep Orange County Beautiful visit our website at www.KOCB.org.  Or visit us on Facebook at Keep Orange County Beautiful.


July 28, 2019

Building community partnerships across Orange County to improve our local environment and reduce litter is what Keep Orange County Beautiful is all about. On Saturday, July 27, KOCB partnered with The City of Vidor, Superior Tire and Service of Orange, and D&D Scrap of Bridge City to collect abandoned tires and scrap metal, at no charge to county residents.  The event was a huge success!

Click to read more in the Orange County News

Trash-Off and Tire Clean-Up announced for Orange County 

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 16, 2019
Orange Leader


Please register a team today and be part of the movement to beautify our community

It’s Trash-Off time once again.

The 24th annual Community Trash-Off and Tire Clean-Up is scheduled from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, at the City of Orange Boat Ramp, located on Simmons Drive in Orange, Texas with a rain date of March 9, 2019. This year’s Community Trash-Off is generously presented by INVISTA and hosted by Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center.

Tire Clean Up is hosted by Keep Orange County Beautiful and Superior Tire and Service in collaboration with Southeast Texas Resource Conservation and Development.  Orange County residents can bring up to eight tires to be recycled at no cost.

Orange County residents are encouraged to come out, take pride in their community, and help clean up trash and tires from area neighborhoods and waterways. Show your community pride and join us for a morning of good CLEAN fun!

Participating teams and individuals will enjoy a free pizza lunch after the event. To register a team or individual, visit shangrilagardens.org to download registration and waiver forms. Teams are limited to three-five members, but groups are encouraged to register several teams.

For more information, contact Amanda Shillings at ashillings@shangrilagardens.org or at 409-670-0803.

In celebration of Trees

Published February 16, 2019
By Dawn Burleigh,  The Orange Leader

Keep Orange County Beautiful (KOCB) presented Salvation Army’s Boys and Girls Club with the First Quarter KOCB Beautification Award on Thursday.

After a majority of the trees were destroyed in Hurricane Rita in 2005, KOCB donated and helped plant several trees, six years ago, on the property of Salvation Army’s Boys and Girls Club located at the corner of Martin Luther King Drive and Strickland Drive in Pinehurst.

Now, the trees are flourishing along with majestic Pines planted by Edgar Brown Sr.  

Read More Here…..


February 5th 2019

Orange County commissioners put their money where their mouth is Tuesday, contributing $500 to help with a Community Trash-Off and Tire Disposal Drive being held March 2 by Keep Orange County Beautiful.

The Community Trash Off – set to begin at 8 a.m. this year at the Orange Boat Ramp — has been an annual event in Orange since 1995, started by a small group of concerned citizens who began by cleaning trash out of Adams Bayou.

 The Stark Foundation got involved in 2002 when the planning for Shangri La Gardens began.

Read More Here….

KOCB receives support from Commissioners Court

By Dawn Burleigh
Orange Leader (click for link to article)

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 6, 2019



Opportunity to support KOCB
2019 Message from the Chair

Keep Orange County Beautiful (KOCB) is a registered D/B/A for Gateway Cities Proud – Southeast Texas Inc., a Texas non-profit corporation.  KOCB has been active in Orange County since 1997.

KOCB is managed by its Board of Directors. KOCB does not have members in the traditional sense of the word. Instead “membership” is considered to be the Board of Directors and any official members of committees and sub-committees. KOCB is always seeking volunteers for their various projects promoting litter prevention, recycling, and beautification in Orange County. KOCB is affiliated with Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep American Beautiful.

The KOCB mission includes:

  • Educating the general public through local school districts and other youth and civic groups on Recycling and Litter Prevention in Orange County.
  • Advocating for stronger anti-litter laws and consistent enforcement of those laws.
  • Supporting the City of Orange in their effort to beautify 16th Street, Orange as the entrance into our City and County from the Interstate 10 corridor. 
  • In 2018, KOCB:
  • Resumed awarding the Quarterly Beautification Award to local businesses.
  • Distributed recycling information at the Earth Day Eco-Fest and Bridge City’s National Night Out. 
  • Helped start a recycling program in West Orange-Cove CISD, and helped sponsor Second Saturday Trash pick-ups with Orange Mayor Larry Spears.
  • Developed and ran the Marigold, The Runaway Scarecrow event on Face Book to promote Shangri La Gardens Scarecrow Festival and participating businesses on 16th Street, Orange.
  • KOCB is kicking off 2019 by working with Shangri La Gardens on the annual Trash-Off, and this year, adding a Tire Disposal Drive.
  • The event will be held on Saturday, March 2 at the City of Orange Boat Ramp. 
  • KOCB has secured funding through Southeast Texas Resource Conservation and Development (SETex RC&D). 
  • Other projects we are considering this year include a Water Way Clean Up in the summer and an E-Waste Collection and Disposal in the fall. 
  • Our long-term vision for KOCB focuses on:
  • Influencing the general public to take pride in Orange County by “Reducing Trash and Raising More Trees”. 
  • Encouraging youth and families to demonstrate the importance of the environment to their community through personal commitment and volunteerism.
  • Sustaining Orange County’s alignment with TCEQ, Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful.
  • KOCB is a non-partisan organization.  As an organization we generally do not endorse or align ourselves with candidates or partisan efforts.  KOCB is dedicated to the beauty of Orange County, to the people that live here, and to the efforts that have been and will continue to be needed to Keep Orange County Beautiful. More about our organization can be learned on Facebook at Keep Orange County Beautiful.


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