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Every March through May, it's Time to Shine Arkansas during the spring Great American Cleanup™ in Arkansas! 

 

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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 is coordinated and promoted statewide by Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB), a Keep America Beautiful certified affiliate, and will begin March 1 and run through May 31.
 

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. Great American Cleanup volunteers will also be registered to win prizes. 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 2014 Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, more than 51,000 individuals worked more than 32,000 hours in communities across the state. The community improvement effort involved 173 events, with volunteers collecting 1,286,630 pounds of litter from 659 miles of roadway, trails and shorelines, and 1,980 acres of parks and public areas; closing 29 illegal dumping sites, and planting 2,160 trees, shrubs and flowers!
 

Arkansans also recycled 78,828 pounds of newspapers, 4,279 tires and 332,301 pounds of electronics. More than 9,030 pounds of clothing were collected for reuse.
 

The total economic value of the 2014 Great American Cleanup to Arkansas communities was $1,023,745.


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

GAmC Coordinator Materials

  • Event Registration Form (PDF)
  • Event Registration Form (DOC)
  • Event Registration Form (Fill-able PDF)
  • Volunteer Sign-In Sheet (PDF)
  • Volunteer Sign-In Sheet – Landscape (PDF)
  • Event Wrap-Up Report (PDF)
  • Event Wrap-Up Report (Fill-able PDF)
  • Volunteer Certificate of Achievement (PDF)

Planning and Promoting GAmC Events

  • Program Manual from Keep America Beautiful (PDF)
  • Planning Kit from Keep America Beautiful
  • Local Customizable News Release (DOC)
  • Local Publicity Ideas (PDF)

GAmC Art

  • Local "Time to Shine Arkansas" Event Logo (JPG)
  • Local "Time to Shine Arkansas" Event Logo (PNG)
  • Keep Arkansas Beautiful Logo (JPG)
  • 2014 GAmC in Arkansas T-shirt (PDF)

2014 Youth Poster Contest Materials

  • Call for Entries
  • Rules and Criteria

KAB coordinates a Youth Poster Contest in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup in Arkansas to involve elementary school students, increase awareness of the Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, and educate the public about the importance of a clean and beautiful community to economic development, civic pride and environmental quality of life.


Posters must be received no later than March 1, 2014. Posters should be mailed or delivered to Elizabeth Philpott, Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission, One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, 72201. Questions about the contest should be directed to Elizabeth at 501-682-3507, 888-742-8701(toll-free) or elizabeth.philpott@arkansas.gov.

 

Prizes will be awarded in two divisions: Grades K ­– 2 and Grades 3 –­­ 5. KAB is providing gift certificates for the Top 3 posters in each division. One poster per class may be submitted for statewide judging. 4-H clubs, scout groups and home-schooled students are also encouraged to enter.