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Great Arkansas Cleanup set for September, October Annual statewide campaign advocates litter pickup across state

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For Immediate Release

 

Information Contact:

Liz Philpott, Volunteer Program Manager

501-682-3507 or 888-742-8701 (toll-free)

Elizabeth.philpott@arkansas.gov

Great Arkansas Cleanup set for September, October Annual statewide campaign advocates litter pickup across state

LITTLE ROCK (Aug. 30, 2016) – Each year, thousands of Arkansans volunteer to pick up litter along the state’s roadways and waterways during the Great Arkansas Cleanup, a Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) initiative. The 2016 fall litter-pickup campaign will begin Sept. 10 and continue through Oct. 31.

 

All Arkansans are encouraged to get involved in this effort to improve the environmental quality and standard of living in communities across the state. Last year’s Great Arkansas Cleanup featured 164 local events across the state involving nearly 16,000 Arkansans who picked up more than 149,000 pounds of litter and collected 7 million pounds of bulky waste from roughly 1,900 miles of roadway and waterways.

 

“With the help of volunteers joining the clean and green team, we can assist in the preservation of communities across Arkansas,” said Liz Philpott, volunteer program manager at KAB. “We encourage Arkansans to participate in a local Great Arkansas Cleanup event and help us preserve and sustain the natural state of Arkansas.”

 

Those who would like to coordinate an event in their community or volunteer for a local event can email info@keeparkansasbeautiful.com or call toll-free 888-742-8701. Coordinators may visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com to access free promotional tools such as a cleanup instructional video and printable publicity materials. KAB will also provide cleanup materials and supplies, such as T-shirts, trash bags, gloves and safety vests to local events, while supplies last.

 

KAB will also be giving away a Troy-Bilt String Trimmer to a Volunteer Organization that registers a community cleanup. To enter, the organization must complete and turn in a wrap-up report for its cleanup. The winner will be chosen at random.

 

Event sponsors include the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Keep America Beautiful and Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation.

 

About the Great Arkansas Cleanup

The Great Arkansas Cleanup grew out of an effort that began more than 45 years ago as the Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Cleanup. In 1985, U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers guided legislation requiring an annual pickup event during the weekend after Labor Day on all federal lands. This law, the Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Act, honors the founder of the event. KAB organized the first statewide Great Arkansas Cleanup in 1989.

 

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. A three-person professional staff and a nine-member advisory board appointed by the governor manage Keep Arkansas Beautiful educational programs. 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.


Caddo River Glenwood Clean-Up – 4/12/15

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Caddo River Camping + Canoe Rental will host the Caddo River Glenwood Clean-Up on April 12, 2015. They will provide canoes and shuttles for registered volunteers to pick up litter during the cleanup. For those who do not want to paddle, they have a large area for walking litter pick-up.

Please call Event Coordinators David & Gayla Claborn to register as a volunteer for this event! David & Gayla can be reached at float@caddoriver.com or 870-356-5336.


Avoca Annual Spring Clean-Up – 5/9/15

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The Town of Avoca will host their annual spring cleanup on May 9, 2015. Their event will begin with a “meet-greet-eat” session for about 20 minutes, and then volunteers will break into groups and pick up trash along streets and park grounds. The county provides a trailer for tires. Deffenbaugh Inc. provides two 30-cubic yard dumpsters for bulk items for residents’ use.

For more information, please contact Event Coordinator Diane Bowen at townofavoca@sbcglobal.net or 479-621-5921.


Boy Scout Troop 107 – Spring Creek Cleanup (Springdale) – 3/7/15

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Boy Scout Troop 107 will be hosting their Spring Creek Cleanup in Springdale on March 7, 2015. Volunteers will be cleaning up along the new regional trail going west toward Lake Springdale.

For more information, please contact Event Coordinator Ron Mynatt at calmtnstud@yahoo.com or 479-872-2139.


Sher Family 2015 Spring Cleanup (Waldron) – 3/21/15

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The Sher Family will host their 2015 Spring Clean-Up Event on March 21, 2015. Volunteers will help pick up litter and recycle items around the city, highway, city parks, and Scott County area.

For more information, please contact Event Coordinator Jim Sher at jsher74@gmail.com or 479-637-1906.


Monticello + Drew Co. keep Arkansas beautiful – 4/18/15

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The City of Monticello & Drew County are hosting their Great American Cleanup event on April 18, 2015. Volunteers will help pick up litter within county and city limits, plant trees at Lake Monticello Park, and clean up the lake banks and incoming roads.

For more information, please contact Event Coordinator Brian Rodgers at inspector@monticelloedc.org or 870-367-4410.


Beautify Fort Smith Spring Cleanup – 4/18/15

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Beautify Fort Smith will host their spring cleanup event on April 18, 2015. Volunteers will be picking up litter off the city streets and parks.

For more information, please contact event coordinator Andrea Beckman at a.beckman@sbcglobal.net or 479-452-4698.


City of Ward Annual Spring Cleanup

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The City of Ward is hosting their annual spring cleanup on April 25, 2015. Residents can cleanup their property and dispose of household items other than normal household trash, electronics, tires, and other large items at no fee to the resident.

For more information, please contact Event Coordinator Deborah Staley at deborahstaley@cityofward.com or 501-843-7686.


Lake Elmdale Beautification (Fayetteville) – 3/8/15

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University of Arkansas International Students will volunteer to clean up Lake Elmdale in NWA. For more information, please contact Event Coordinator Molly Staeheli at 479-575-7600 or mstaehel@uark.edu.


CGPOA Annual Cleanup in Hughes – 4/25/15

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The Canal Gardens Property Owner’s Association will host their annual cleanup on May 2, 2015. Volunteers will help pick up litter on the land and banks of the canal. Volunteers will also go out in boats to trim limbs that are blocking boat passage to lake. The county also provides a dumpster so residents can clean out their garages, sheds, etc. Will be followed by a Fish Fry Luncheon for volunteers.

For more information, please contact Event Coordinator Holly Bacon at 870-339-3514 or hbacond7@aol.com.


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