Thousands answer the call to help beautify state
LITTLE ROCK (Oct. 4, 2019) – The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission’s (KAB) annual Great Arkansas Cleanup effort has attracted thousands of volunteers during the first month, but KAB is encouraging Arkansans who have not volunteered yet to help beautify the state during October.
There are cleanups registered in the following counties: Baxter, Benton, Boone, Bradley, Carroll, Chicot, Clark, Clay, Cleburne, Cleveland, Columbia, Conway, Craighead, Crawford, Cross, Faulkner, Franklin, Fulton, Garland, Greene, Hot Spring, Howard, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Lafayette, Lawrence, Lee, Lincoln, Lonoke, Marion, Mississippi, Montgomery, Nevada, Newton, Phillips, Pike, Poinsett, Polk, Pope, Prairie, Pulaski, Saline, Scott, Searcy, Sebastian, Sevier, Sharp, St. Francis, Union, Washington, White, Woodruff and Yell.
“It is encouraging to see how dedicated Arkansans are during our cleanup seasons through litter removal, recycling and other beautification efforts,” said Mark Camp, KAB executive director. “Year-round, we work to educate Arkansans and visitors to our state that it is our responsibility to keep our state in a pristine state so we can all enjoy its natural beauty.”
Last year’s Great Arkansas Cleanup featured 164 community events across the state involving more than 6,000 Arkansans, who picked up more than 82,000 pounds of litter and collected more than 821,000 pounds of bulky waste from roughly 747 miles of roadway and more than 900 miles of waterway.
Those who would like to organize an event in a local community can visit http://bit.ly/KABClean to access free promotional tools such as a cleanup instructional video and printable publicity materials. KAB will also provide cleanup materials and supplies, such as T-shirts, trash bags, gloves and safety vests, to local events, while supplies last.
Volunteers can also find a cleanup by visiting KAB’s full calendar of events at http://bit.ly/KABevnt.
The Great Arkansas Cleanup is sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Arkansas Department of Transportation, the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation and Keep America Beautiful.
About Keep Arkansas Beautiful
The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB), consisting of a professional staff and a nine-member advisory board appointed by the governor, is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., KAB inspires and educates individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. KAB is funded through its 1 percent portion 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, visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com or stay in the know by following Keep Arkansas Beautiful on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and text VOLUNTEER to 484848.