Volunteers participating in the Great Arkansas Cleanup, a three-month event hosted by Keep Arkansas Beautiful (KAB), removed approximately 210,500 pounds of litter during the statewide cleanup effort.
The Great Arkansas Cleanup involved more than 7,300 volunteers at 144 events statewide who contributed a combined 42,958 hours toward litter pickup. These cleanups cleared litter from 541 miles of roadside and 1,194 miles of waterways.
“We appreciate the passion and dedication of our volunteers during the Great Arkansas Cleanup and all year round,” said Bob Phelps, executive director of Keep Arkansas Beautiful. “It is because of each and every one of you, that we are able to produce such outstanding results and continue to keep Arkansas clean and green. Volunteers are not paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.”
About the Great Arkansas Cleanup
The Great Arkansas Cleanup grew out of an effort that began 46 years ago as the Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Cleanup. In 1985, 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 as a member of the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation board of directors until his death in 2014. KAB organized the first statewide GAC in 1989.