SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - People who help make their community look good were recognized at the Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center in Santa Barbara on Wednesday,
They received Spirit of Service awards from Looking Good Santa Barbara.
The city program accepted nominations earlier this year.
Catholic Charities Santa Barbara won a Waste Reduction award for cutting their waste in half.
The Mental Wellness Center also won a Waste Reduction award for diverting 60 percent of their waste away from landfills.
The Salvation Army Hospitality House received a Clean Community award for hosting neighborhood cleanups.
The final Clean Community award went to Teens on the Scene.
The group was created by Jack Cantin, Arman Banan and Zack Werner when they were in middle school.
They are now high school students.
Teens on the Scene has grown from a few boys to more than 100 boys and girls from area middle schools and high schools.
One students said when neighborhoods are clean they feel safe because people take pride in taking care of them.
The students host community clean up and volunteers regularly in their community.
The Looking Good committee made up of residents and city staff members meet twice a month.
They say the tons of waste diverted away from local landfills would take up the space of 12,000 elephants.
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