Litter removed from nearly 20,000 acres of trails during Keep Arkansas Beautiful’s fall cleanup

Great Arkansas Cleanup volunteers reduce litter in 62 counties

LITTLE ROCK (Dec. 3, 2018) – During Keep Arkansas Beautiful’s (KAB) fall Great Arkansas Cleanup (GAC), volunteers in 62 counties collected thousands of pounds of litter and bulky waste in an effort to improve their communities.

From Sept. 8 through Oct. 31, more than 160 community events attracted 6,057 volunteers who removed more than 82,730 pounds of litter and collected over 821,640 pounds of bulky waste from 747 miles of roadway and 903 miles of waterway. Volunteers also collected litter from 19,962 acres of public parks and trails, up by 12,329 acres from last year’s cleanup.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“With the assistance of volunteers and cleanup organizers during the Great Arkansas Cleanup, we were able to aid in the cleanliness and beautification of communities across Arkansas,” said Mark Camp, KAB executive director. “We encourage Arkansans to continue cleanup and beautification efforts year-round to help keep The Natural State clean.”

A new initiative launched this fall, the Litter Grabber program, gives volunteers an additional opportunity to make a positive impact. Upon signing up online, each Litter Grabber received a cleanup kit consisting of a few trash bags, a pair of gloves and a T-shirt.

Individuals interested in becoming a Litter Grabber can sign up and pick up all year at http://bit.ly/KABLitter.

The Great Arkansas Cleanup was sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Arkansas Department of Transportation, the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation and Keep America Beautiful.

In March, Keep Arkansas Beautiful will support Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup with litter pickup and beautification projects statewide. Individuals interested in organizing a cleanup event during the Great American Cleanup can get more information at http://bit.ly/KAB-CLEAN.

 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 FacebookTwitter, Instagram, YouTube and texting VOLUNTEER to 484848.

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