2018 Year In Review

Arkansans remove nearly 7 million pounds of litter, bulky waste, tires in 2018 cleanup efforts

LITTLE ROCK (Jan. 11, 2019) – In 2018, Keep Arkansas Beautiful (KAB) volunteers improved the livability of their communities in 71 counties through the removal of nearly 7 million pounds of litter, bulky waste and tires from parks, roadsides and waterways during two statewide cleanups.

Last year, KAB promoted Keep America Beautiful’s annual spring campaign, the Great American Cleanup (GAmC). During the fall, KAB launched its annual Great Arkansas Cleanup (GAC) encouraging individuals to organize a cleanup or become a Litter Grabber. The 2018 events attracted more than 13,270 volunteers who participated in 330 local cleanups statewide.

“The removal of litter in 2018 positively impacts our state’s tourism and economy as visitors to The Natural State expect to see beautiful, litter-free rivers, parks and communities,” said Liz Philpott, volunteer program manager at KAB. “It is part of our mission to continue to raise awareness that littering is illegal. Our volunteers help do that through their participation in local cleanups.”

Volunteers in both cleanup efforts removed 216,343 pounds of litter and more than 6.4 million pounds of bulky waste from 1,696 miles of roadside and 1,077 miles of waterway and shoreline. They also planted nearly 2,100 trees, shrubs and flowers, and more than 400,000 pounds of electronics were collected for recycling. Litter was collected from an additional 194 miles of waterway and an additional 6,350 miles of public parks and trails than in 2017.

Volunteers in both cleanup efforts removed 216,343 pounds of litter and more than 6.4 million pounds of bulky waste from 1,696 miles of roadside and 1,077 miles of waterway and shoreline. They also planted nearly 2,100 trees, shrubs and flowers, and more than 400,000 pounds of electronics were collected for recycling. Litter was collected from an additional 194 miles of waterway and an additional 6,350 miles of public parks and trails than in 2017.

“The removal of nearly 7 million pounds of litter and bulky waste is only made possible from the thousands of volunteers who are dedicated to keeping Arkansas litter-free,” Philpott said. “We are so grateful for those who contribute their time and effort to help clean up their communities and keep Arkansas beautiful.”

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