Keep North Platte and Lincoln County Beautiful recently honored nine businesses for efforts to beautify their business appearance.

The improvements have helped Lincoln County by increasing visitors and those who want to return due to the aesthetic appeal of the area.

They also give residents a sense of pride in their community.

Businesses received the awards on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

They are:  Mike and Teri Schroer; Vicki Windham – Prairie Hand Knits; Profit Harmon – Red Cloud Tattoos; BE Properties; Jereme Hartman – Edward Jones; Lanae Phelps and staff – Phelps Family Dentistry; Dee and Mark Luttrell – Switchyard; Kim Seacrest – Sip; and Cinda Baker – Cinda’s Accents.

Statistics show that businesses with greenspace and welcoming facades can cause an increase in sales of up to 12%, according to the North Platte Chamber of Commerce.

The recognition event also signaled the launch of America Recycles Day, which is the only nationally-recognized day that is dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States.

Each year, on and during the weeks leading into Nov. 15, thousands of communities across the country promote environmental citizenship and take action to increase and improve recycling in America.

In addition, KNPLCB is campaigning for the reduction of the public’s reliance of single use plastic grocery bags.

Citizens are encouraged to visit to sign the “I Will Recycle Pledge.”