32 events scheduled in October
LITTLE ROCK (Oct. 7, 2016) – There is still time to participate in this year’s Great Arkansas Cleanup (GAC), a Keep Arkansas Beautiful (KAB) initiative. Arkansans are encouraged to volunteer to participate in one of the 32 local cleanups scheduled through Oct. 31 or to organize a cleanup in your community.
The Great Arkansas Cleanup is an effort focused on improving community environmental quality by removing litter, trash and waste from public areas, thus increasing scenic beauty and livability in communities across the state. Last year’s GAC featured 164 local events across the state involving more than 15,000 Arkansans. Volunteers picked up more than 149,000 pounds of litter from roughly 1,800 miles of roadway and waterway.
“We are hoping to have a strong finish in the Great Arkansas Cleanup this year,” said Robert Phelps, executive director of KAB. “We encourage everyone who enjoys The Natural State’s beautiful outdoors to participate in a local cleanup event to help clean and maintain our environmental treasures throughout Arkansas.”
Those who would like to volunteer for a local event or to coordinate a cleanup can visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll-free 888-742-8701 for information and help. Cleanup coordinators are encouraged to register two weeks before their cleanups to receive free supplies, while they last, and to visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com to access free promotional tools such as a cleanup instructional video, printable materials and online materials.
About the Great Arkansas Cleanup
The Great Arkansas Cleanup grew out of an effort that began more than 45 years ago as the Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Cleanup. In 1985, U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers guided legislation requiring an annual pickup event during the weekend after Labor Day on all federal lands. This law, the Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Act, honors the founder of the event. KAB organized the first statewide GAC in 1989.
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. A three-person professional staff and a nine-member advisory board appointed by the governor manage its programs. 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.