Great American Cleanup

Great American Cleanup registration is now CLOSED!

If you’d like to register a cleanup in your community, please contact our Volunteer Program Manager Liz Philpott at elizabeth.philpott@arkansas.gov.

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 2017 Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, more than 6,000 volunteers worked more than 38,000 hours in communities across the state. This community improvement effort involved 166 events, with volunteers collecting 134,944 pounds of litter from 725 miles of roadway, trails and shorelines, and 10,873 acres of parks and public areas!

Arkansans also recycled 9,009 tires and 293,089 pounds of electronics. Click here for the 2017 Great American Cleanup Results infographic!

The total economic value of the 2017 Great American Cleanup to Arkansas communities was $1,392,487.

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

Thank You to our 2017 Coordinating Partners:

Arkansas Canoe Club – River Valley & NW Chapters

Arkansas Geocachers Association

Arkansas Jazz Heritage Foundation

Arkansas Student Leadership Initiative

Town of Avoca

Beaver Watershed Alliance

Cabot City Beautiful

Caddo River Camping & Canoe

Canal Gardens Property Owners Association – Horseshoe Lake

Cane Creek State Park

Carey Baptist Association Community Missions – Bearden

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – El Dorado

City of Altheimer

City of Ashdown

City of Aubrey

City of Bentonville

City of Brookland

City of Clarksville

City of Conway – Department of Sanitation

City of Cotton Plant

City of Earle

City of El Dorado – Ward 3

City of Eudora

City of Fayetteville

City of Gould

City of Helena – West Helena

City of Highland

City of Horseshoe Bend

City of Hot Springs – Parks & Recreation Department

City of Hot Springs – Solid Waste Department

City of Jasper

City of Lakeview

Lakeview Ladies Fire Auxiliary

City of Lead Hill Beautification Committee

City of Monticello

City of Searcy

City of Smackover

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

El Dorado High School

First Assembly of God – North Little Rock

Friends of the North Fork & White Rivers

Garland Community & School Reunion Committee

Gillham Tigers 4-H

Girl Scouts Troop 1264 – Pine Bluff

Greater Blytheville Area Chamber of Commerce

Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce

Habitat for Humanity

Henderson Middle School – Little Rock

Hot Springs National Park Rotary

Hot Springs Young Professionals

Hughes Chamber of Commerce

Hughes City Beautiful

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

Keep West Memphis Beautiful

Kohen’s Park – Ward

Lafayette County High School National Honor Society

Lake Fayetteville Watershed Partnership

Lake Poinsett Community

Lakeside Junior High EAST – Springdale

The Leachville Foundation, Inc.

Lee Elementary EAST – Springdale

LIFE Health Coalition – Stamps

Lincoln Middle School – 6th Grade EAST

Little Rock South Lions Club

Making Leachville Cemetery Beautiful

Mangan Holcomb Partners

Marianna/Lee County Beautification Team

McNeil Festival On the Rails

Mississippi River State Park

Mulberry River Society

National Park Service – Buffalo National River

Paris School District

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

Regional Recycling & Waste Reduction District

ReNEWing Edinburg

Scranton Community

Sebastian County Judge’s Office

The Sher Family Mission – Waldron

Small Town Enhancement Project – United & Proud (STEP UP) – Booneville

South End Neighborhood Coalition Association

St. Francis National Forest

Street Perspective Live – Magnolia

Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce

Texarkana, AR City Beautiful Commission

Town of Rose Bud

Treasure Isle Neighborhood Property Owners – Hot Springs National Park

UA Little Rock

Village Pride Committee & King Rhodes – Cherokee Village

Washington County Environmental Affairs & Recycling

White County

 

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