Great American Cleanup

Great American Cleanup registration is now OPEN!

Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup™ takes place each spring from March through May and is the nation’s largest community improvement effort. Thousands of Arkansas volunteers clean up and beautify their communities before the tourism and vacation seasons begin. This spring cleanup campaign is coordinated and promoted statewide by Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB).

Please note: If supplies are needed, please be sure to register your events at least 3 weeks in advance. Cleanup supplies are limited and awarded on a “first-come, first-serve” basis. T-shirts are our most-requested supply, and we cannot guarantee every volunteer will receive a t-shirt. We suggest using t-shirts as prizes for volunteers who 1) have attended the most cleanups, 2) youngest volunteers, 3) oldest volunteer, 4) who traveled the farthest, 5) name drawings, etc.

Interested in finding a volunteer event near you? Click here to visit our Calendar of Events.

Coordinator Materials

Planning & Promotion

Keep America Beautiful Tools

Youth Poster Contest

  • 2017 Poster Contest Rules & Curriculum Connections
  • 2017 Call For Entries Cover Letter

Once a community signs on to host a Great American Cleanup in Arkansas event, KAB will work with that community to organize and publicize the effort. KAB will provide volunteers with GLAD® trash bags, gloves, safety vests and T-shirts. Promotional materials available to communities include banners, fliers, customizable news release, volunteer stickers and brochures. The KAB Facebook page and website are also available to coordinators to promote their events.

During the 2016 Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, more than 6,000 volunteers worked nearly 35,000 hours in communities across the state. This community improvement effort involved 160 events, with volunteers collecting 293,409 pounds of litter from 782 miles of roadway, trails and shorelines, and 1,153 acres of parks and public areas, closing 44 illegal dumping sites, and planting 3,328 trees, shrubs and flowers!

Arkansans also recycled 24,783 pounds of newspapers, 3,688 tires and 45,663 pounds of electronics. More than 4,795 pounds of clothing were collected for reuse. Click here for the 2016 Great American Cleanup Results infographic!

The total economic value of the 2016 Great American Cleanup to Arkansas communities was $1,125,318.

If you have questions about a Great American Cleanup event in your community, email us.

Thank You to our 2017 Coordinating Partners:

Arkansas Geocachers Association

Arkansas Jazz Heritage Foundation

Town of Avoca

Beaver Watershed Alliance

Cabot City Beautiful

Caddo River Camping & Canoe

Canal Gardens Property Owners Association – Horseshoe Lake

Cane Creek State Park

City of Ashdown

City of Aubrey

City of Bentonville

City of Brookland

City of Cotton Plant

City of Fayetteville

City of Gould

City of Helena – West Helena

City of Highland

City of Horseshoe Bend

City of Hot Springs

City of Lead Hill Beautification Committee

City of Monticello

City of Searcy

City of Waldo

City of Ward

Clarksville School District

Cleburne County Judge’s Office

Conway County

Crowley’s Ridge State Park

Diamond Lakes Master Naturalists

Drew County

Dublin Community

Gillham Tigers 4-H

Hot Springs National Park Rotary

Hot Springs Young Professionals

Hughes Town & Co. Garden Club

Jacksonport State Park

The Julian Family – Malvern

Keep Camden Beautiful

Keep Fort Smith Beautiful

Keep Little Rock Beautiful

Keep North Little Rock Beautiful

Keep Sherwood Beautiful

Keep Van Buren Beautiful

Kohen’s Park – Ward

Lake Fayetteville Watershed Partnership

Lake Poinsett Community

Lakeside Junior High EAST – Springdale

The Leachville Foundation, Inc.

Lee Elementary EAST – Springdale

Little Rock South Lions Club

Marianna/Lee County Beautification Team

McNeil Festival On the Rails

Mississippi River State Park

Mulberry River Society

National Park Service – Buffalo National River

Pine Bluff Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Inc.

Pine Bluff/Jefferson Co. Clean & Beautiful

Pine Mountain Volunteer Fire Department

Prairie Creek Association – Rogers

Recycle Saline

ReNEWing Edinburg

Scranton Community

Sebastian County Judge’s Office

The Sher Family Mission – Waldron

South End Neighborhood Coalition Association

St. Francis National Forest

Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce

Treasure Isle Neighborhood Property Owners – Hot Springs National Park

Village Pride Committee & King Rhodes – Cherokee Village

White County

 

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