Volunteers in 67 counties pick up more than 133,000 pounds of litter, collect 5.6 million pounds of bulky waste during Great American Cleanup in Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK (June 21, 2018) – Arkansans from 67 counties collected more than 133,600 pounds of litter and 5.6 million pounds of bulky waste during this year’s Great American Cleanup™ in Arkansas, a nationwide program of Keep America Beautiful and promoted statewide by the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB).
Additionally, 4,624 acres of parks and public areas were cleaned up and 1,287 trees, shrubs and flowers were planted during the three-month campaign that began in March. Arkansans volunteered nearly 47,000 hours to clean up Arkansas’s parks, public areas, roadsides and other places.
KAB promoted the Great American Cleanup statewide via the #MakeArkansasGreen challenge as a call-to-action to encourage volunteers to register at least one cleanup event in each of the state’s 75 counties during March, April and May. Each week, KAB posted a challenge map on its social media pages with the hashtag to keep followers abreast of the progress being made across the state. In all, 166 cleanup events were registered with KAB in 67 counties, the highest number of counties to have ever registered with KAB during a Great American Cleanup.
“The results from this year’s Great American Cleanup can only be attributed to our dedicated coordinators and volunteers,” said Liz Philpott, CVM, volunteer program manager at KAB and statewide coordinator of the Great American Cleanup in Arkansas. “Nearly 90 percent of the counties in Arkansas registered with KAB, and we are so grateful for the amazing turnout. Thank you for making Arkansas green before the busy summer tourism season!”
About Keep Arkansas Beautiful
The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB), consisting of a professional program staff of three and a nine-member, governor-appointed advisory board, is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., it works to inspire and educate individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. KAB’s operations and programs are funded through its 1-percent portion of the eighth-cent Conservation Tax. By mobilizing volunteers, KAB
returns to the state a benefit of more than $6 in community service for each program dollar spent. For more information, visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
About Keep America Beautiful Inc.
Keep America Beautiful is America’s premier community environmental improvement organization. Founded in 1953, the nonprofit’s network of U.S. affiliates are focused on litter prevention, waste reduction and beautification. Recognized as the leader in changing attitudes and behaviors affecting community environments, Keep America Beautiful helps create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound. It continues to be the most credible organization in its three focus areas by vigorously pursuing the guiding principles of education, volunteerism, partnership and individual responsibility. For more information, visit kab.org.