Great Arkansas Cleanup

Great Arkansas Cleanup registration is now CLOSED!

If you’d like to register a cleanup event in your community, please contact our Volunteer Program Manager Liz Philpott 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!

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.

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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 2017 Coordinating Partners:

Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ)

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission – Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center

Arkansas Master Naturalists

Arkansas Wildlife Federation

Batesville High School – World Civilizations Class

Benton Matters

Bradley County

Bridging the Gaps of Arkansas

Buck Creek Area, Bull Shoals Lake

Buffalo National River / National Park Service

Bull Shoals-White River State Park

Byrd’s Adventure Center

Cabot City Beautiful

Cane Creek State Park

Carroll County Solid Waste Authority

Central Arkansas Water

City of Bentonville

City of Bethel Heights

City of Brookland

City of Cotton Plant

City of Fayetteville

City of Gould

City of Helena-West Helena

City of Hot Springs

City of Hot Springs Parks & Trails

City of McNeil

City of Mulberry

City of Pine Bluff

City of Searcy

Clarendon School District

Clarksville School District

Community of Hope

Conway County

Cossatot River State Park – Natural Area

Crater of Diamonds State Park

Crawford County

Crowley’s Ridge State Park

Daisy State Park

Davidsonville Historic State Park

Devil’s Den State Park

The Difference Makers of Hot Springs

EAST at Dover Middle School

Eudora City Council/Invigorate Eudora Committee

Evansville Fire Prevention

Friends of Fourche Creek

Friends of Hot Springs Village

Girl Scouts Troop # 3012

Graves Memorial Baptist Church

Greers Ferry Lake & Little Red River Tourism Association

Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce

Harrisburg High School EAST

Henderson Middle School

Hot Springs National Park Rotary Club

Jacksonport State Park

Jonesboro Human Development Center

The Julian Family

Keep Clarksville Beautiful

Keep Fort Smith Beautiful

Keep Little Rock Beautiful

Keep North Little Rock Beautiful

Keep Ozark Beautiful

Keep Sherwood Beautiful

Keep Van Buren Beautiful

Keep West Memphis Beautiful

Keeping DeGray Lake Beautiful

King Rhodes Real Estate/Village Pride Committee

Lafayette County High School National Honor Societies

Lafayette County Leadership Council

Lake Charles State Park

Lake Dardanelle State Park

Lake Fayetteville Watershed Partnership

Lake Fort Smith State Park

Lake Ouachita State Park

Lake Poinsett Community

LIFE Health Coalition

Little Rock Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Lost Bridge Village Community Association

Mammoth Spring State Park

Mangan Holcomb Partners

Mississippi River State Park / St. Francis National Forest

Mount Magazine State Park

Newport Area Chamber of Commerce

North Arkansas College

North Little Rock Key Club

NWA Tobacco and Drug Free Coalition

The Offbeat Times

Pack Rat Outdoor Center

Pankey Community Improvement Association

Petit Jean State Park

Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Clean & Beautiful Commission

Pine Bluff Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Project New Start

Promise Land Area Community Organization

Pulaski County – Regional Recycling District

Queen Wilhelmina State Park

Recycle Saline

Russellville High School EAST

Sebastian County Judge’s Office

Southwest Central Solid Waste District

Stonegate Estates Property Owners Association

The Sher Family

Sisters in Service

South End Neighborhood Coaliation Association

Sponsor Non Profit Corp / Fifty Brothers Deep, INC

The Clear Spring School

Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park

Town of Avoca

Trash Bash Council

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

U of A Cooperative Extension

University of Arkansas at Rich Mountain Science Club

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Lake Dardanelle Office

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Lake Greeson Field Office

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Mountain Home Project Office

Village Creek State Park

Washington County Environmental Affairs

Watson Chapel High School JROTC

White County

White Oak Lake State Park

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