Keep Arkansas Beautiful announces statewide K-5 student contest

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in News

Part of Great American Cleanup effort, poster entries should focus on litter-free places LITTLE ROCK (Feb. 1, 2018) – The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) invites students in grades kindergarten through fifth to put their creativity on paper and enter this year’s Great American Cleanup® in Arkansas Youth Poster Contest. Entries are due Thursday, March 1. Each year, KAB hosts the youth poster contest as part of the Keep America Beautiful™ Great American Cleanup in Arkansas to engage elementary-age students in litter-awareness education, to increase involvement in the cleanup initiative statewide, and to educate the public about the importance of a litter-free community. “All Arkansans can do something to keep the places we call home litter-free,” said Liz Philpott, volunteer program manager at KAB and statewide coordinator of the Great American Cleanup in Arkansas. “Our youth are especially important to making and keeping Arkansas clean. And they are such great influencers on the rest of us! It’s inspiring each year to see how creative our young people are when communicating about litter. Their posters are always compelling and artistic.” The contest is open to all elementary-aged students in Arkansas. Scouts, 4-H club members and home-schooled students are also encouraged to enter. One poster per class or group should be submitted for statewide judging. Entries will be accepted in two divisions: Grades K-2 and Grades 3-5. Posters must be no larger than 8½” x 11 and can be submitted on any sort of paper medium, including copier paper, construction paper and poster board. Prizes will be awarded to the Top 3 posters in each division. KAB and Great American Cleanup in Arkansas representatives will recognize winners in their local communities during March and April. Winning posters and honorable mentions will be displayed April 16-27 at the Thea Foundation Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown North Little Rock, as well as on KAB’s Facebook page. Entries are due Thursday, March 1, by mail or delivery to Keep Arkansas Beautiful, 1 Capitol Mall, Suite 4A-0007, Little Rock, AR 72201. Additional information about contest rules and entry is available at KeepArkansasBeautiful.com, by emailing info@keeparkansasbeautiful.com or by calling 888-742-8701 toll-free. The Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, organized and promoted statewide by KAB, is an annual spring cleanup event when communities focus on local beautification efforts in advance of Arkansas’s busy tourism season. Communities and groups are invited to sign up to organize a local cleanup at http://bit.ly/2018GAC. Volunteers can find local cleanups on the calendar of events at KeepArkansasBeautiful.com. The Great American Cleanup in Arkansas runs March through May.  About Keep Arkansas Beautiful The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB), consisting of a professional staff of three and a nine-member advisory board appointed by the governor, is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., KAB inspires and educates individuals to reduce litter,...

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Cigarette Litter in The Natural State

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in News

Cigarette litter can have devastating effects on the environmental health of this place we call home – The Natural State. From our roads and highways to our state parks and natural areas, these are not places to trash. More than 4 trillion cigarette butts are littered worldwide each year; cigarette butts are the No. 1-littered item in Arkansas. There is only one source of cigarette litter, and 75 percent of smokers admit to flicking their butts to the ground. First and foremost, littering is illegal in Arkansas – all littering, including that cigarette butt. The fine for the first littering offense can be up to $1,000. Cigarette filters are also not biodegradable; they are plastic. And, those butts are toxic, full of the chemicals they filtered from your cigarette, such as arsenic and formaldehyde. Plenty of places in Arkansas are no longer welcoming to smokers, so where smokers do congregate, let’s provide places for them to dispose of their cigarette butts. Whether it’s an ashtray on the picnic table in the smoking area, an ash receptacle at your business’s door or a coffee can filled with sand, those butts can be disposed of properly. It takes all of us to preserving the natural beauty of our state. As proud Arkansans, it is our duty to keep The Natural State clean. We can and should work together to help keep Arkansas beautiful by disposing of all litter...

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Cigarette Litter in The Natural State

Posted by on Jan 25, 2018 in News

It is time for Arkansans to understand just how toxic cigarette litter is to The Natural State’s environment. More than 4 trillion cigarette butts are littered each year. They are the No. 1-littered item in Arkansas and worldwide. Eighty percent of those butts will make their way into our rivers, lakes and streams, where we like to boat, ski and fish. Contrary to popular belief, cigarette butts are not biodegradable and can have devastating impacts on the places we know and love. Those chemicals the butts filter out of the cigarette – such as arsenic and formaldehyde – will leach into the ground and our water supplies. It takes all of us to preserving the natural beauty of our state. First and foremost, we must stop littering: simply make sure your cigarette butts are placed in an appropriate receptacle. Plenty of places in Arkansas are no longer welcoming to smokers, so where smokers do congregate, let’s provide places for them to dispose of their cigarette butts. Whether it’s an ashtray on the picnic table in the smoking area, an ash receptacle at your business’s door or a coffee can filled with sand, those butts can be disposed of properly. Littering of any kind – including flicking that butt – is also illegal in Arkansas. Fines for the first offense can cost you up to $1,000! Ask yourself if throwing that cigarette butt on the ground is really worth it. You can and should help keep Arkansas beautiful by disposing of your cigarette litter...

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Cigarette Litter in The Natural State

Posted by on Dec 28, 2017 in News

Littering is something that we have become far too familiar with. From the fast food bag tossed out of a car window to cigarette butts flicked down on the sidewalk, litter is a huge problem in The Natural State. First and foremost, littering is illegal in Arkansas – all littering, including that cigarette butt. The fine for the first littering offense can be between $100 and $1,000. Cigarette filters are also not biodegradable; they are plastic. And, those butts are toxic, full of the chemicals they filtered from your cigarette, such as arsenic and formaldehyde. Cigarette butts are the No. 1-littered item in Arkansas and around the world: more than 4 trillion cigarette butts are littered each year. There is only one source of cigarette litter, and 75 percent of smokers admit to flicking their butts to the ground. It takes all of us to keep Arkansas litter-free. Plenty of places in Arkansas are no longer welcoming to smokers, so where smokers do congregate, let’s provide places for them to dispose of their cigarette butts. Whether it’s an ashtray on the picnic table in the smoking area, an ash receptacle at your business’s door or a coffee can filled with sand, those butts can be disposed of properly. We are all proud Arkansans who love the state where we live, work and play. Let’s work together to keep The Natural State free of cigarette litter (and all types of...

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12,938 Arkansans volunteer at 350+ cleanup events in 2017

Posted by on Dec 27, 2017 in News

Cleanup efforts positively impact communities statewide LITTLE ROCK (Dec. 27, 2017) – Nearly 13,000 Arkansas residents volunteered in local activities across the state in 2017 to help make their communities clean and green by collecting nearly 8 million pounds of litter, bulky waste and used tires to enhance environmental health and beauty. Twice each year, the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) coordinates and promotes statewide community cleanups and litter pickups: the spring Great American Cleanup™ in Arkansas and the fall Great Arkansas Cleanup. The Great American Cleanup is a national program of Keep America Beautiful Inc. and is supported in Arkansas by KAB. All Arkansas communities were encouraged to organize cleanup teams of local volunteers to remove litter, collect recyclable items and enhance civic pride. Volunteers picked up litter from 2,725 miles of roadway and waterway; 18,506 acres of parks and public areas were cleaned up; and more than 2,500 trees, shrubs and flowers were planted during 381 local cleanup events statewide. Cleanup volunteers were supplied with Glad® trash bags, gloves and safety vests. “We are especially proud of those who take pride in Arkansas by participating in local cleanup events. We had a total of 67 counties in Arkansas register events with us this year,” said Mark Camp, executive director of KAB. “These initiatives not only create cleaner Arkansas communities but they also increase personal accountability for our state’s cleanliness and beauty while teaching and encouraging positive behavior among younger generations.” The Great American Cleanup begins each year in March and concludes at the end of May. The Great Arkansas Cleanup begins in September and continues through October. 2017 Impact On Litter (PDF) About Keep Arkansas Beautiful As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) works to inspire and educate individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. KAB is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. KAB is funded by 1 percent of the eighth-cent Conservation Tax and, by mobilizing volunteers, returns to the state a cost benefit of more than $6 in community service for each program dollar spent. For more information about KAB, visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. About Keep America Beautiful Inc. Keep America Beautiful brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a strong national network of 1,200 affiliates and partners including state recycling focused groups, the organization works with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities. Keep America Beautiful offers programs and engages in public-private partnerships to help maintain clean and beautiful public places, reduce waste and increase recycling while educating generations of environmental stewards. Through its actions, Keep America Beautiful helps create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound. For more information, visit...

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