The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission inspires and educates individuals to improve their communities by preventing litter, promoting recycling and keeping Arkansas beautiful. We encourage everyone to accept responsibility for maintaining Arkansas’s scenic beauty, environmental health and quality of life. These efforts positively impact civic pride, livability and economic growth – creating communities where people want to work, live and play.
The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism and is one of four state agencies that share proceeds from the Amendment 75 1/8-cent Conservation Tax. Our 1 percent of the 1/8-cent tax provides an annual budget of about $700,000. The commission consists of nine governor’s appointees; the executive director and a two-person staff manage our operations.
Keep Arkansas Beautiful is a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., the nation’s foremost organization that improves and beautifies community environments. We adhere to the principles of the national organization and promote and direct its programs in Arkansas. We also recruit local communities to join the Keep America Beautiful network as certified local affiliates. Currently, 12 communities in Arkansas are certified local affiliates.