Great American Cleanup Begins March 1

Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup

in Arkansas begin March 1

Spring community cleanup volunteer effort beautifies state

LITTLE ROCK (Feb. 7, 2014) – Each year, thousands of Arkansans improve the quality of life in their communities by volunteering in the national Keep America Beautiful® Great American Cleanup in Arkansas. This spring cleanup campaign, coordinated and promoted statewide by Keep Arkansas Beautiful (KAB), a Keep America Beautiful certified state affiliate, will begin March 1 and continue through May 31.

All communities across the state are encouraged to get involved in this annual community cleanup effort. Those interested in organizing a Great American Cleanup event in their community or volunteering with a local event can visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com, email elizabeth.philpott@arkansas.gov or call 888-742-8701 toll-free.

“When volunteers come together for the Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, they are joining millions of others across the country who are working to preserve the natural beauty of their local communities,” said Elizabeth Philpott, Keep Arkansas Beautiful volunteer services coordinator. “Everyone wants to live, work and play in a clean and green environment, and it’s up to all of us to make that happen.”

Once a community signs on to host a Great American Cleanup in Arkansas event, KAB will work with organizers to plan and publicize the effort. KAB will provide volunteers with Glad® trash bags, gloves, safety vests and other cleanup supplies. Great American Cleanup volunteers will also be registered to win prizes provided by Troy-Bilt®. Promotional materials available to communities include banners, volunteer stickers and brochures. The KAB Facebook page and website are also available to coordinators to promote their events.

During last year’s Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, more than 25,000 Arkansans were involved in 149 events across the state. Volunteers donated 31,000 hours of time picking up nearly 336,000 pounds of litter.

Arkansans also improved 47 playgrounds; removed 4,700 tires; recycled 180,500 pounds of newspapers and nearly 146,000 pounds of electronics; and collected 1,620 pounds of clothing for reuse. In addition to the many improvement activities, volunteers picked up litter from 1,333 miles of roadway, trails and shoreline and 1,512 acres of parks and public areas, and closed 20 illegal dumping sites.

The volunteer-driven Great American Cleanup in Arkansas also provided the state and participating communities a substantial cost savings, as the value of donated materials and volunteer labor exceeded $880,000.

About the Great American Cleanup
The national kickoff for Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup is March 1. Great American Cleanup events are organized in communities around the country in March, April and May.

This year’s Great American Cleanup is expected to involve an estimated 4 million people volunteering more than 5 million hours to clean, beautify and improve 16,500 communities during more than 30,000 events from coast to coast. Activities will include beautifying parks and recreation areas, collecting recyclables, picking up litter, planting trees and flowers, and conducting educational programs and litter-free events. The sponsors of this year’s Great American Cleanup in Arkansas include Altria, Dow Chemical Company, Glad Products Company, Phillips 66, Troy-Bilt® Lawn and Garden Equipment and Waste Management.

About Keep America Beautiful Inc.

Keep America Beautiful Inc,, established in 1953, is the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. With a network of nearly 1,000 affiliate and participating organizations, Keep America Beautiful builds vibrant communities through public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. To learn more about Keep America Beautiful, visit kab.org.

About Keep Arkansas Beautiful

As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., Keep Arkansas Beautiful works to inspire and educate individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. It operates as a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and is overseen by a nine-member commission appointed by the governor. KAB is funded by 1 percent of the eighth-cent conservation tax and, by utilizing 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, call toll-free 888-742-8701 or visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com, or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

 

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