Keep Arkansas Beautiful proudly promotes two annual cleanups – the Great American Cleanup and the Great Arkansas Cleanup.

Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup takes place each spring from March through May and is the nation’s largest community improvement effort. Thousands of Arkansas volunteers clean up and beautify their communities before the tourism and vacation seasons begin.

The Great Arkansas Cleanup takes place each fall from September through October. Thousands of Arkansans remove tons of trash from our state’s roadways, shorelines, parks, and public areas during this statewide community improvement campaign.

Please note: If supplies are needed, please be sure to register your events at least 3 weeks in advance. Cleanup supplies are limited and awarded on a “first-come, first-serve” basis. T-shirts are our most-requested supply, and we cannot guarantee every volunteer will receive a t-shirt. We suggest using t-shirts as prizes for volunteers who 1) have attended the most cleanups, 2) youngest volunteers, 3) oldest volunteer, 4) who traveled the farthest, 5) name drawings, etc.

Interested in finding a volunteer event near you? Click here to visit our Calendar of Events.

2018 Great American Cleanup Coordinator Materials

2018 Great American Cleanup Planning & Promotion

2018 Great American Cleanup Keep America Beautiful Tools

2018 Great American Cleanup Youth Poster Contest – contest for 2018 has closed – 2019 materials will be posted in January

  • 2018 Call For Entries Cover Letter
  • 2018 Poster Contest Rules & Curriculum Connections

About the Great American Cleanup

Once a community signs on to host a Great American Cleanup in Arkansas event, KAB will work with that community to organize and publicize the effort. KAB will provide volunteers with GLAD® trash bags, gloves, safety vests and T-shirts. Promotional materials available to communities include banners, fliers, customizable news release, volunteer stickers and brochures. The KAB Facebook page and website are also available to coordinators to promote their events.

During the 2017 Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, more than 6,000 volunteers worked more than 38,000 hours in communities across the state. This community improvement effort involved 166 events, with volunteers collecting 134,944 pounds of litter from 725 miles of roadway, trails and shorelines, and 10,873 acres of parks and public areas!

Arkansans also recycled 9,009 tires and 293,089 pounds of electronics. Click here for the 2017 Great American Cleanup Results infographic!

The total economic value of the 2017 Great American Cleanup to Arkansas communities was $1,392,487.

If you have questions about a Great American Cleanup event in your community, email us.

About the Great Arkansas Cleanup

During the 2017 Great Arkansas Cleanup, more than 6,000 volunteers worked almost 45,000 hours in communities across the state. The community improvement effort involved 215 events, with volunteers collecting 42,029 pounds of litter from 1,117 miles of roadways, 727 miles of waterways, and 7,633 acres of parks and public areas. The total economic value of the 2017 Great Arkansas Cleanup to Arkansas communities was more than $1.6 million!

The Great Arkansas Cleanup began more than 40 years ago as the Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Cleanup. In 1985, then-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. Mr. Garner continued his advocacy for a clean and litter-free environment until his death in 2014.

Thank You to our 2018 Coordinating Partners:

Alderman Lorene Pearson with City Hall of Ashdown

Altheimer Community Development Commission

Americorps NCCC

Arkansas Forestry Commission

Arkansas Geocachers Association

Arkansas Governor’s School

Arkansas Jazz Heritage Foundation

Arkansas State University

Lisa Baldridge

Beaver Watershed Alliance

Bradley 4-H

Bradley City Council

Bradley County

Bryant Boys & Girls Club

Bull Shoals – White River State Park

Carey Baptist Association

Central Arkansas Trail Alliance

City Beautiful Commission of Texarkana

City of Altheimer

City of Bentonville

City of Cotton Plant

City of Dardanelle

City of De Queen

City of El Dorado, Ward 3

City of Eudora

City of Fayetteville

City of Gould

City of Horseshoe Bend

City of Hot Springs Parks & Trails

City of Hot Springs Solid Waste Department

City of Huntsville

City of Jacksonville

City of Monticello

City of Mulberry

City of Parkin

City of Russellville

City of Searcy

City of Star City

City of Waldo

City of Warren

Clarksville School District

Clearwater Lake Association

Clean Harbor

Conway County

Crowley’s Ridge State Park

Daisy State Park

Davidsonville Historic State Park

Democratic Party of Lonoke County

Dermott Parks & Recreation Commission

Devil’s Den State Park

Earle Area Chamber of Commerce


The Farm – Campground and Events

Festival on the Rails – McNeil

Fifty Brothers Deep Inc.

Friends of Fourche Creek

Fulton County Judge’s Office

Greater Blytheville Area Chamber of Commerce

Haas Hall Academy – Rogers

Habitat for Humanity Central Arkansas

Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce

Henderson Middle School

Hillcrest Jr. Beta – Strawberry

Historic Washington State Park

Darrell J. Hollidy

Hot Springs Village Property Owners

Hughes City Beautiful

Invigorate Eudora

Jacksonport State Park

Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service

The Julian Family

Keep Fort Smith Beautiful

Keep Little Rock Beautiful

Keep North Little Rock Beautiful

Keep Sherwood Beautiful

Keep Van Buren Beautiful

Keep West Memphis Beautiful

King-Rhodes Real Estate

Lafayette County National Honor Society

Lake Fayetteville Watershed Partnership

Lake Poinsett Community

Lakeview Ladies Fire Auxiliary

LIFE Health Coalition

Lonoke County District Court – Southern Division

Making Magnolia Blossom & SAU

Marianna Beautification Team

Mississippi River State Park

Modus Studio

Mulberry River Society

Museum of Discovery

National Park Service – Buffalo National River

Ozark Folk Center State Park

Ozarks Water Watch on Beaver Lake

Pacesetting Times

Pack Rat Outdoor Center

Pankey Community Improvement Association

Paris School District

Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Pine Bluff / Jefferson County Clean & Beautiful Commission

Pine Mountain Volunteer Fire Department

Positively Bella Vista

Prescott-Nevada County Chamber of Commerce

Primrose Garden Club

Queen Wilhelmina State Park

Recycle Saline

Regional Recycling & Waste Reduction District

Re-New-Ing Edinburg

Russellville High School EAST

Sanora Elementary School

Sebastian County Judge

The Sher Family Mission

South End Neighborhood Coalition Association

Sponsors Nonprofit Corp

St. Andrews Episcopal Church

St. Francis National Forest

Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce

Town of Aubrey

Town of Avoca

Trash Bash Council

Trashy Adventures

Treasure Isle Property Owners Association

UA Rich Mountain Science Club


University of Arkansas at Little Rock

University of Arkansas Department of Agriculture – Jefferson County Extension Office

Village Pride Committee

Walmart Pharmacy in Conway

West Central Resource Staff – Little Rock

West End Neighborhood Association – Jonesboro

White County

White Oak Lake State Park


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