Great Arkansas Cleanup

The 2017 Great Arkansas Cleanup runs Sept. 9 – Oct. 31.

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

Buck Creek Area, Bull Shoals Lake

Bull Shoals-White River State Park

Byrd’s Adventure Center

Cane Creek State Park

City of Cotton Plant

City of Fayetteville

City of Gould

City of Hot Springs / Southwest Central Solid Waste District

City of Pine Bluff

Crowley’s Ridge State Park

Daisy State Park

Devil’s Den State Park

Eudora City Council/Invigorate Eudora Committee

Evansville Fire Prevention

Greers Ferry Lake & Little Red River Tourism Association

Henderson Middle School

Jacksonport State Park

Jonesboro Human Development Center

Keep Clarksville Beautiful

Keep Little Rock Beautiful

Keep North Little Rock Beautiful

Keep Van Buren Beautiful

Keep West Memphis Beautiful

Keeping DeGray Lake Beautiful

King Rhodes Real Estate/Village Pride Committee

Lake Charles State Park

Lake Dardanelle State Park

Lake Fayetteville Watershed Partnership

Lake Ouachita State Park

Mangan Holcomb Partners

Mississippi River State Park / St. Francis National Forest

Newport Area Chamber of Commerce

Petit Jean State Park

Project New Start

Pulaski County – Regional Recycling District

Queen Wilhelmina State Park

Sponsor Non Profit Corp / Fifty Brothers Deep, INC

The Julian Family

The Offbeat Times

Town of Avoca

Trash Bash Council

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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

Village Creek State Park
Watson Chapel High School JROTC

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