More than 17,000 Arkansans volunteer in their communities during the Great American Cleanup

1 million pounds of litter collected
 

More than 17,000 Arkansans picked up 1.2 million pounds of litter during Keep America Beautiful’s 2011 Great American Cleanup™ in Arkansas.

The spring community improvement effort in Arkansas, promoted annually by Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB), a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., involved 207 events and more than 45,000 volunteer hours in communities across the state. The 17,776 volunteers picked up litter from 1,686 miles of roadway and shoreline and 631 parks and public areas, and closed three illegal dumping sites.
 
In addition to picking up litter, volunteers removed 9,849 tires, 6 junk cars and 1,820 batteries; recycled 109,749 pounds of aluminum cans, 192,213 pounds of newspapers and 325,857 pounds of electronics; and collected 23,610 pounds of clothing for reuse.

Additionally, volunteers improved their communities by planting nearly 2,000 trees and almost 3,200 flowers and bulbs and by removing graffiti at three sites. More than 7,000 Arkansans attended environmental education and awareness events as part of this program.

The volunteer-driven Great American Cleanup in Arkansas also provided the state and participating communities a substantial cost-savings benefit, as the value of donated materials and voluntary labor totaled nearly $750,000.

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