Cleanup efforts positively impact communities statewide
LITTLE ROCK (Dec. 30, 2015) – Nearly 33,000 Arkansas citizens took part in activities across the state in 2015 to help make their communities clean and green by collecting more than 1.6 million pounds of litter and enhancing environmental health and attractiveness.
Twice each year, the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) coordinates and promotes statewide cleanups: the spring Great American Cleanup in Arkansas and the fall Great Arkansas Cleanup. The Great American Cleanup is a program of Keep America Beautiful Inc. and is supported in Arkansas by KAB.
All Arkansas communities were encouraged to organize cleanup teams to work to improve their environmental quality by removing misplaced waste, recycling and enhancing natural beauty. Volunteers collected litter along more than 3,000 miles of roadway and waterway. In addition, 3,700 acres of parks and public areas were cleaned. More than 5,000 trees, shrubs and flowers were planted during the 400 cleanup events. Volunteers also created roughly 20 edible gardens during their beautification efforts. Cleanup volunteers were supplied with Glad® trash bags, gloves and safety vests.
“We are incredibly proud of those who support our state by participating in local cleanups,” said Robert Phelps, executive director of KAB. “These initiatives not only provide a cleaner state, they increase community pride and attractiveness and encourage positive behaviors toward the environment for following 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 the end of 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 six dollars 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.