Statewide community cleanup campaign continues; 54 counties signed on
Part of national Great American Cleanup, Arkansas effort challenges communities to #MakeArkansasGreen
LITTLE ROCK (April 17, 2018) – More than 100 events in 54 counties statewide have been scheduled so far this spring as part of the local Great American Cleanup® in Arkansas. The cleanup campaign will continue through May, giving volunteers plenty of opportunities to get out there and spruce up their communities.
“Saturdays in March and April have been quite busy around Arkansas with so many cleanup events scheduled,” said Liz Philpott, KAB’s volunteer program manager and statewide cleanup coordinator. “For those intrepid Arkansans who want to get out there to pick up and spruce up, there are still 56 events scheduled in April and into May – and more getting registered. As Arkansans, we all have a part to play in keeping our beautiful Natural State clean and litter-free. Come one, come all!”
As part of the annual Great American Cleanup, the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) is helping volunteers in every county organize and promote local cleanup and beautification events that will #MakeArkansasGreen.
The Great American Cleanup in Arkansas – and the #MakeArkansasGreen challenge – is a call-to-action to volunteers to register at least one cleanup event in each of the state’s 75 counties this spring. Cleanup events should focus on enhancing a community’s public spaces – such as roadsides, waterways, parks and neighborhoods – by picking up litter and debris, planting flowers, removing bulky waste, recycling materials and improving overall appearance.
“I hope counties that haven’t signed on yet will come on board,” said Philpott. “There’s plenty of time to organize a litter-pickup event – big or small – and KAB is here to help with advice and supplies.”
Twenty-one counties do not yet have a registered cleanup with KAB:
· Van Buren
During the 2017 Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, events were registered from 52 counties.
KAB began posting to its social media platforms earlier this month a #MakeArkansasGreen map of the counties where a cleanup is registered. Arkansans can follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to track the #MakeArkansasGreen campaign’s success.
Communities and groups are invited to sign up to organize a local cleanup at http://bit.ly/2018GAC. KAB will provide local events with trash bags, T-shirts and other supplies, as long as those supplies last. Volunteers can find local cleanups on the calendar of events at KeepArkansasBeautiful.com. The Great American Cleanup in Arkansas runs through May.
And, Arkansans are invited to the Thea Foundation Gallery in downtown North Little Rock to view a special exhibit of artwork by elementary students who have been named winners and honorable mentions in the statewide Great American Cleanup in Arkansas Youth Poster Contest. The 16 works will be on display at Thea through April 27.
2018 marks the 20th year of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup; last year alone, volunteers picked up nearly 186 million pounds of litter and debris in communities across the country. In Arkansas, 6,153 volunteers picked up nearly 135,000 pounds of litter and collected 6.9 million pounds of bulky waste from 725 miles of roadside and 156 miles of waterway. Volunteers also cleaned up 10,000+ acres of parks and public areas and recycled nearly 300,000 pounds of electronics.
About Keep Arkansas Beautiful
The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB), consisting of a professional staff of three and a nine-member advisory board appointed by the governor, is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., KAB inspires and educates individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. KAB is funded through its 1-percent portion of the eighth-cent Conservation Tax. For more information, visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.
About Keep America Beautiful Inc.
Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Celebrating its 65th Anniversary in 2018, Keep America Beautiful strives to end littering, improve recycling and beautify America’s communities, so that everyone can live in a community that is clean, green and beautiful.
Behavior change – steeped in education, research and behavioral science – is the cornerstone of Keep America Beautiful. The organization empowers generations of community and environmental stewards through volunteer programs, hands-on experiences, educational curricula, practical advice and other resources. It is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 certified affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials and individuals. Join Keep America Beautiful on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Take action at kab.org.