LITTLE ROCK (April 22, 2016) – The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) has received the 2016 State Agency Partnership Award from Keep America Beautiful Inc., the nation’s premier community environmental improvement organization. AHTD was nominated for the award by the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB).
“Our mission is to inspire and educate individuals to prevent litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful,” wrote Robert Phelps, executive director of KAB, in the nomination. “We accomplish this through behavioral changes shaped by our promotional messages and activities, demonstrating positive environmental values that citizens can adopt and live out. We are dependent on and grateful for [our] partnership with [the] highway and transportation department.”
AHTD earned this national recognition for its outstanding and ongoing support of litter prevention projects and programs across the state. AHTD is a sponsor of the Great Arkansas Cleanup, an annual statewide litter-pickup campaign promoted by KAB. This sponsorship helps provide more than 14,000 volunteers with cleanup materials.
AHTD promotes a litter-free Arkansas by operating the Litter Hotline, a toll-free phone number where Arkansans can anonymously report littering; by providing trash receptacles at rest areas across the state; and by featuring anti-litter messages on state highway maps. The Litter Hotline averages 100+ calls per week and sends reported vehicle owners a letter reminding them that littering is illegal and has harmful consequences for the state’s environment and economy.
“Each year, we see decreases in litter reports and volume of our pickup campaign activities, and increased growth in volunteers in our programs,” wrote Phelps. “The [significant and] ongoing AHTD significant partnership contributions continue to help us, and Arkansas, achieve these accomplishments.”
Phelps presented the award to the AHTD Commission at its meeting April 20 in Little Rock.