Year in review: Arkansans collect nearly 1.5 million pounds of litter in 2014
Cleanup efforts make impact on communities statewide
Twice a year, the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) coordinates and promotes statewide cleanups: the Great American Cleanup each spring and the fall Great Arkansas Cleanup. The Great American Cleanup is a program of Keep America Beautiful and is supported in Arkansas by KAB.
All Arkansas communities were encouraged to organize cleanup teams to collect trash by foot or boat. Volunteers collected litter along more than 3,000 miles of roadway and waterway. In addition, 4,300 acres of parks and public areas were cleaned. More than 3,000 trees, shrubs and flowers were planted during the 300 cleanup events.
“Cleanups provide more than just a cleaner state,” said Robert Phelps, executive director of KAB. “Twice a year, Arkansans have an opportunity to maintain the beauty of our state as well as help to conserve resources for a more sustainable future.”
Cleanup volunteers were supplied with Glad® trash bags, gloves and safety vests. Volunteer’s names were also entered into a drawing to win prizes provided by Troy-Bilt®. Each year’s Great American Cleanup begins in March and concludes at the end of May. The Great Arkansas Cleanup begins in August and continues through the end of October.