LITTLE ROCK (June 30, 2015) – Arkansans collected 1.4 million pounds of litter during this year’s Keep Arkansas Beautiful (KAB) Great American Cleanup, a program of Keep America Beautiful and part of one of the country’s largest community improvement campaigns.
An additional 4.7 million pounds of bulky waste were collected during the three-month spring cleanup beginning in March. Volunteers contributed more than 56,000 hours cleaning 1,208 miles of roadway and 219 miles of waterway. Nearly 4,500 tires were collected and more than 6,000 trees, shrubs and flowers were planted. As an added measurable result, more than 300,000 pounds of electronics were recycled.
“We are impressed with the dedication shown by this year’s Great American Cleanup participants,” said Bob Phelps, director of KAB. “Approximately 500 tons of litter has been collected this year; what can’t be measured is how thankful we are for our devoted volunteers. Our gratitude is boundless.”
The Great American Cleanup is one of many events where KAB provides cleanup materials and supplies such as Glad® trash bags, gloves, safety vests and T-shirts. Each year, Arkansans statewide dedicate their time to improving the quality of life in their communities by volunteering for and coordinating litter-pickup, recycling and beautification events.
About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a national network of community-based affiliates, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities to transform public spaces into beautiful places. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. To learn how you can donate or take action, visit kab.org. Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube.
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.