Cleanups

The 2022 Great ARKANSAS Cleanup (GAC) is now closed! Thank you for volunteering! Stay tuned for the record-breaking results!

Keep Arkansas Beautiful proudly promotes two annual cleanups – the Great American Cleanup and the Great Arkansas Cleanup. Our goal is to turn the entire state "clean", by sponsoring a cleanup in every single county in Arkansas! Thank you to 75 counties who took the Go Clean Challenge this fall during the GAC!

We did it! Together, we turned the entire map of Arkansas clean, green and beautiful in 2022! Way to go, volunteers!

Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup takes place each spring from March through May and is the nation’s largest community improvement effort. Thousands of Arkansas volunteers clean up and beautify their communities before the tourism and vacation seasons begin.

The Great Arkansas Cleanup takes place each fall from September (the first Saturday after Labor Day) through October. Thousands of Arkansans remove tons of trash from our state’s roadways, shorelines, parks, and public areas during this statewide community improvement campaign.

Thank you to all our Coordinating Partners who have organized cleanup events in their communities across the state. View our 2021 Coordinating Partners here!

Interested in finding a volunteer event near you? Click here to visit our Calendar of Events.

2022 Great American & Great Arkansas Cleanup Online Forms

2022 Great American & Great Arkansas Cleanup Coordinator Materials (downloadable forms)

2022 Great American & Great Arkansas Cleanup Planning & Promotion

Keep America Beautiful Tools

About the Great American Cleanup

Once a community signs on to host a Great American Cleanup in Arkansas event, KAB will work with that community to organize and publicize the effort. KAB will provide volunteers with GLAD® trash bags, gloves, safety vests and T-shirts. Promotional materials available to communities include banners, fliers, customizable news release, volunteer stickers and educational resources. The KAB Facebook page and website are also available to coordinators to promote their events.

During the 2021 Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, 8,394 volunteers worked more than 50,000 hours in communities across the state, cleaning up and improving over 1,000 public spaces in 63 counties. This community improvement effort involved 309 events, with volunteers collecting 121 TONS of litter from 742 miles of roadways, 139 miles of waterways and shorelines, and 226 acres of parks and public areas!

Arkansans also recycled 3,834 tires and 369 TONS of bulky waste and litter. Click here to see our 2021 Great American Cleanup Results infographic!

The total economic value of the 2021 Great American Cleanup to Arkansas communities was $1,329,136.18.

About the Great Arkansas Cleanup

The Great Arkansas Cleanup began in 1969 as the Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Cleanup. In 1985, then - 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 until his death in 2014. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, along with other hosts and partners, have continued the Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Cleanup efforts for more than 50 years.

During the 2021 Great Arkansas Cleanup, more than 7,200 volunteers worked nearly 42,000 hours in communities across the state, cleaning up and improving over 500 public spaces in 51 counties. The community improvement effort involved 164 events, with volunteers collecting over 219 TONS of litter from 3,575.05 miles of roadways, 146.1 miles of waterways, and more than 10,00 acres of parks and public areas.

The total economic value of the 2021 Great Arkansas Cleanup to Arkansas communities was $1,108,366.35.

If you have questions about a Great American Cleanup or Great Arkansas Cleanup event in your community, please email us at: keeparbeautiful@arkansas.com.

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