Great Arkansas Cleanup

The 2017 Great Arkansas Cleanup runs Sept. 9 – Oct. 31. Registration materials will be posted in August.

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

Each fall, thousands of Arkansans remove tons of trash from our state’s roadways, shorelines, parks and public areas during the Great Arkansas Cleanup, Keep Arkansas Beautiful’s fall statewide community improvement campaign. Communities large and small show their commitment to the Great Arkansas Cleanup campaign by recruiting volunteers of all ages and taking on a variety of community cleanup and environmental improvement projects. Click here to find a Great Arkansas Cleanup event near you!

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About the Great Arkansas Cleanup

During the 2016 Great Arkansas Cleanup, more than 7,000 volunteers worked almost 43,000 hours in communities across the state. The community improvement effort involved 144 events, with volunteers collecting 210,582 pounds of litter from 541 miles of roadways, 1,194 miles of waterways, and 16,251 acres of parks and public areas. The total economic value of the 2016 Great Arkansas Cleanup to Arkansas communities was more than $1.6 million!

The Great Arkansas Cleanup began more than 40 years ago as the Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Cleanup. In 1985, then-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. Mr. Garner continued his advocacy for a clean and litter-free environment until his death in 2014.

Thank You to our 2016 Coordinating Partners:

Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality

Arkansas Jazz Heritage Foundation

Arkansas Master Naturalists

Arkansas Wildlife Federation

Batesville High School

Benton Matters

Boy Scout Troop 152

Bull Shoals-White River State Park

Byrd’s Adventure Center

Cabot City Beautiful

Carroll County Solid Waste Authority

Central Arkansas Water

Central Arkansas Velo (CARVE)

City of Bentonville

City of Brookland

City of Cotton Plant

City of Fayetteville

City of Fort Smith – Department of Sanitation

City of Gentry

City of Helena-West Helena

City of McNeil

City of Russellville – Clean & Green Committee

City of Searcy

Cleaner Safer Blytheville

Clear Spring School – Eureka Springs

Clarksville School District

Cloak.n.Dagger Geocaching

Conway County

Cossatot River State Park – Natural Area

Crawford County

Crowley’s Ridge State Park

Daisy State Park

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority – Pine Bluff Alumnae Chapter

Devil’s Den State Park

Friends of Fourche Creek

Greers Ferry Lake & Little Red River Tourism Association

Henderson Middle School – Little Rock

Illinois River Watershed Partnership

Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center

Jacksonport State Park

Jordan Marina

The Julian Family (Malvern)

Keep El Dorado Beautiful

Keep Fayetteville Beautiful

Keep Little Rock Beautiful

Keep North Little Rock Beautiful

Keep Sherwood Beautiful

Keep Van Buren Beautiful

Keeping DeGray Lake Beautiful

King Rhodes Realty

Lafayette County Leadership Council

Lake Charles State Park

Lake Dardanelle State Park

Lake Fayetteville Watershed Partnership

Lake Fort Smith State Park

Lake Greeson Field Office – USACE

Lake Ouachita State Park

Lake Poinsett Community

The Leachville Foundation, Inc.

Mammoth Spring State Park

Mississippi River State Park

Newport Area Chamber of Commerce

Old St. James Scholars Ministry (Pine Bluff)

Petit Jean State Park

Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Queen Wilhelmina State Park

Recycle Saline

The Sher Family (Waldron)

Sisters in Service – White Hall

South End Neighborhood Coalition Association – Little Rock

St. Francis National Forest

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

Sugarloaf Heritage Council

Texarkana, AR City Beautiful Commission

The Town of Avoca

Trash Bash Council

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension

University of Arkansas Volunteer Action Center

Village Creek State Park

Village Pride Committee (Cherokee Village)

Washington County Environmental Affairs

Watson Chapel High School JROTC

White County

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