Great American Cleanup in Arkansas collects nearly 7 million pounds of trash

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in News, Press Release

LITTLE ROCK (July 11, 2017) – Volunteers participating in the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, a three month-long event promoted by the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB), removed 6.9 million pounds of litter and bulky waste during the statewide cleanup effort. The Great American Cleanup in Arkansas involved more than 6,100 volunteers at 166 events statewide who contributed a combined 38,511 hours toward improving their communities. These cleanups cleared litter from 725 miles of roadside and 156 miles of waterway. “We are so pleased to have increased the number of statewide cleanups and volunteer hours in this year’s Great American Cleanup in Arkansas,” said Liz Philpott, KAB volunteer program manager. “We collected an astounding amount of bulky waste and picked up litter left by others, all of which could not be without the continued support and loyalty of our coordinators and their local volunteers.” 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, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. KAB is funded through its 1 percent portion 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, visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. About Keep America Beautiful Inc. Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s premier community improvement organization. Founded in 1953, the nonprofit has a network of affiliates around the U.S. focused on litter prevention, waste reduction and beautification. Keep America Beautiful is recognized as the leader in changing attitudes and behaviors affecting our community environments. Through its actions, Keep America Beautiful helps create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound. Today, it continues to be the most credible organization in its three focus areas by vigorously pursuing its guiding principles of education, volunteerism, partnership and individual responsibility. For more information, visit kab.org.   -30-...

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Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission opens applications for Troy-Bilt Tiller Grant

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in News

Community groups, beautification committees encouraged to apply LITTLE ROCK (July 3, 2017) – Keep Arkansas Beautiful is offering a Troy-Bilt Colt FT Garden Tiller as a grant to an organization that currently has a community garden (including vegetable, flower, butterfly, pocket, etc.). The tiller has a value of $420 and is a one-time grant for a deserving community garden. Keep Arkansas Beautiful will begin accepting grant applications online July 5. The tiller grant will be awarded to one community group, garden or beautification committee that successfully illustrates the positive impact the tiller will have on their garden and their community. “All organizations, groups or committees statewide are encouraged to apply for the tiller grant,” said Liz Philpott, volunteer program manager at KAB. “We are grateful that KAB has the opportunity to help a deserving community in their beautification efforts.” Applications for the tiller grant will close Aug. 1 and the winner will be notified Aug. 15. Those who would like to submit a grant application or would like more information on requirements for the grant can visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com and find the Tiller Grant application under the Community Resources tab. 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, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. KAB is funded through its 1 percent portion 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, visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. About Keep America Beautiful A leading national nonprofit, Keep America Beautiful inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. KAB envisions a country in which every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful provides the expertise, programs and resources to help people end littering, improve recycling and beautify America’s communities. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 620 state- and community-based Keep America Beautiful affiliates and millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, municipalities, elected officials and individuals. To donate or take action, visit kab.org. Follow Keep America Beautiful on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.   -30-  ...

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How to Have Litter-Free Summer Fun

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in News, Uncategorized

Whether it’s a holiday celebration, an outing with friends or a family reunion, chances are you’ll enjoy more than one picnic this summer. Arkansas, known across the country for its natural beauty, is the perfect place for picnicking. There are places to stop and enjoy nature all over the state. Help us keep Arkansas picnic-friendly and picnic-ready. With a little planning for a litter-free picnic, you can reduce the amount of waste generated on your outing. Here are a few ideas to help you get ready for your summertime outdoor adventures: Image courtesy of www.littlerockfamily.com Use reusable plates, cups and utensils. Disposable utensils are convenient to toss in the trash or recycling, but it’s more affordable and earth-conscious to bring metal utensils from home. Simply stash used utensils in a dish (that carried your picnic lunch) to take home for easy cleaning. Opt for cloth napkins over paper. Bring a few dishtowels instead of paper towels. Bring along a matching tablecloth and style your picnic with brightly colored linens and dishware. If you’re an avid picnicker, dedicate a basket or bin for your outings and keep it filled with reusable plates, cups, linens, trash bags and a big blanket, so you’re always prepared. Steer clear of individually-wrapped snacks. You save money and the environment by being conscious of packaging when grocery-shopping for your picnic. Recycle whatever you can, even if that means bringing a recycling bag and tossing it into your bin at home. Don’t set off fireworks, even if it is allowed. Fireworks create litter that you can’t easily find. Most cities and towns have fireworks celebrations that are much more impressive than anything you can set off on your own. Always pick up your trash or, better yet, try not to create Sometimes that’s not possible, so be sure to pack bags to carry out your trash. You may plan your picnic at a location with trash and recycle bins, but sometimes you don’t know. It’s always best to be prepared and keep a few trash bags....

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Stay Green During Great Outdoors Month

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in News

June is Great Outdoors Month, the perfect time to explore Arkansas! Arkansas’ green spaces are bursting with adventures to share with those willing to discover them. Outdoor enthusiasts can find hundreds of miles of hiking, boating, backpacking and trails to explore in Arkansas. Delta Heritage Trail State Park, a rails-to-trail green space project At Keep Arkansas Beautiful, we believe these natural places and green spaces create a sense community and foster stewardship our of shared environment. To that end, we each have the opportunity to take control of the trash left along our trails and keep these shared green spaces clean and litter-free for others to enjoy. While you’re out and about, make sure to keep up with any trash you accumulate on the trail and look out for litter along the way. The mantra “Leave No Trace” means that we not only take personal responsibility to keep our trails and waterways litter-free but we also pitch in to clean up after others who aren’t as conscientious. Clean outdoor spaces foster civic pride, improve a community’s liveability and help sustain our natural resources. Ridding green spaces and trails of litter is the responsibility of all of us who call Arkansas home. The Razorback Regional Greenway Several communities have embraced trails and green spaces as places where Arkansans want to live, work, play and visit. In Northwest Arkansas, the Razorback Regional Greenway takes you from downtown Bentonville to downtown Fayetteville; the trail is both recreational and an alternative to commuting via automobile. Clarksville has built an extensive trail system, encouraging its residents to be active and to travel around town by walking or cycling. Other planned trails and green spaces (including public parks) can be found around the state – in Hot Springs, Helena-West Helena, Paragould, Little Rock and any number of other communities. Spadra Creek Nature Trail in Clarksville Keeping our eyes out for litter during Great Outdoors Month is an important part of caring for our home and creating a cleaner, greener and even more beautiful Arkansas. Remember, while out adventuring in the great State of Arkansas, dispose of your trash properly and Leave No...

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Great American Cleanup in Arkansas continues through May

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in News

Great American Cleanup in Arkansas continues through May Volunteers needed for 24 local events planned around state this month LITTLE ROCK (May 8, 2017) – Arkansans committed to cleaning up their community to enhance its appearance, inspire civic pride and attract tourism can still volunteer in local Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup events across Arkansas through May. Volunteers are encouraged to search the Calendar of Events at KeepArkansasBeautiful.com to find a local event. Through May, 24 events across the state are already scheduled, and more are being added each week. In most cases, local events are conveniently scheduled on Saturdays. “The Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup is an excellent opportunity for Arkansans to make a positive impact on the environment, the state and their local communities,” said Liz Philpott, KAB volunteer program manager. “When volunteers come together for these cleanups, they are joining millions of others across the country who are working to preserve the natural beauty of our natural state and to create more socially connected and environmentally healthy communities.” 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, KAB inspires and educates individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. KAB is funded through its 1-percent portion of the eighth-cent Conservation Tax and, by mobilizing volunteers, returns to the state benefit of more than $6 in community service for each program dollar invested. For more information, visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. About Keep America Beautiful Inc. A leading national nonprofit, Keep America Beautiful inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. KAB envisions a country in which every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful provides the expertise, programs and resources to help people end littering, improve recycling and beautify America’s communities. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 620 state- and community-based Keep America Beautiful affiliates and millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, municipalities, elected officials and individuals. To donate or take action, visit kab.org. Follow Keep America Beautiful on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.  ...

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Traveling Green

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in News

Devil’s Den State Park courtesy of ArkansasStateParks.com With more and more tourists crossing the globe each year, it is more important than ever for travelers to minimize their individual impact on Earth’s natural resources. Many people hear the words “green travel” or “ecotourism” and imagine someone backpacking through Cambodia or sleeping in a treehouse in a far off jungle somewhere. But you don’t need to sacrifice travel comforts or go too far off the beaten path to become a green traveler; you can choose to stay in hotels and dine at eateries that identify as green, choose low-impact activities and prepare for travel with reusable items. All that is required to be a green traveler is an effort to preserve the environment of the place you are visiting, and it’s easier than you might think. National Tourism and Travel week is May 8-14; here are a few ways that you can celebrate by traveling green: When planning your trip, lodging is one of the first aspects that comes to mind. By choosing to stay in a hotel or lodging facility that identifies itself as green you can take advantage of, more sustainable choices that are offered, such as using your linens and towels more than once. By using our Go Green Hospitality – Lodging section, you can search lodging options by community around Arkansas. While staying in these environmentally friendly options, bring your own toiletries and drinking cup, rather than using the prepackaged ones provided, and be sure to turn off the air conditioning, heat, television, lights or any other electric devices. Image courtesy of ArkansasStateParks.com Choosing low-impact activities on your trip can help in conserving plants, wildlife and other resources. As an added bonus, it often makes for a more rewarding, authentic travel experience, encouraging deeper connections with the people and places you visit. Such activities include biking, hiking and an emerging trend, “hammocking.” Many Arkansas State Parks offer healthy, green and low-impact family vacation options. In fact, Arkansas State Parks have partnered in the Leave No Trace initiative, encouraging Arkansans to minimize their impact on nature. While traveling, it is important to use reusable and recyclable materials. Reusable water bottles help reduce the environmental impact, while also saving money. Packing lunches may seem simple, but it helps to cut on the amount of fast food waste that is easily seen scattered along the roadways. Arkansas also offers electric car charging stations across the state, which helps for more low-impact travel and reduced car emissions. By implementing all of these tactics in your travel plans, you can help create a cleaner, greener Arkansas for all to enjoy. Be sure to clean up after yourself, and after others, when traveling for your summer trips. Litter is one of the biggest issues in keeping our parks and trailways tourist-friendly, and one of the easiest to...

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