12,938 Arkansans volunteer at 350+ cleanup events in 2017
Cleanup efforts positively impact communities statewide
LITTLE ROCK (Dec. 27, 2017) – Nearly 13,000 Arkansas residents volunteered in local activities across the state in 2017 to help make their communities clean and green by collecting nearly 8 million pounds of litter, bulky waste and used tires to enhance environmental health and beauty.
Twice each year, the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) coordinates and promotes statewide community cleanups and litter pickups: the spring Great American Cleanup™ in Arkansas and the fall Great Arkansas Cleanup. The Great American Cleanup is a national program of Keep America Beautiful Inc. and is supported in Arkansas by KAB.
All Arkansas communities were encouraged to organize cleanup teams of local volunteers to remove litter, collect recyclable items and enhance civic pride. Volunteers picked up litter from 2,725 miles of roadway and waterway; 18,506 acres of parks and public areas were cleaned up; and more than 2,500 trees, shrubs and flowers were planted during 381 local cleanup events statewide. Cleanup volunteers were supplied with Glad® trash bags, gloves and safety vests.
“We are especially proud of those who take pride in Arkansas by participating in local cleanup events. We had a total of 67 counties in Arkansas register events with us this year,” said Mark Camp, executive director of KAB. “These initiatives not only create cleaner Arkansas communities but they also increase personal accountability for our state’s cleanliness and beauty while teaching and encouraging positive behavior among younger generations.”
The Great American Cleanup begins each year in March and concludes at the end of May. The Great Arkansas Cleanup begins in September and continues through October.
About Keep Arkansas Beautiful
As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) works to inspire and educate individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. KAB is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. KAB is funded by 1 percent of the eighth-cent Conservation Tax and, by mobilizing volunteers, returns to the state a cost benefit of more than $6 in community service for each program dollar spent. For more information about KAB, visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
About Keep America Beautiful Inc.
Keep America Beautiful brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a strong national network of 1,200 affiliates and partners including state recycling focused groups, the organization works with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities. Keep America Beautiful offers programs and engages in public-private partnerships to help maintain clean and beautiful public places, reduce waste and increase recycling while educating generations of environmental stewards. Through its actions, Keep America Beautiful helps create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound. For more information, visit kab.org.