Effort encourages local events statewide during national Great American Cleanup
LITTLE ROCK (Feb. 15, 2019) – As part of the annual Keep America Beautiful™ Great American Cleanup®, the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) invites Arkansans to organize or volunteer in a local cleanup between March 1 and May 31.
The Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, organized and promoted statewide by KAB, is an annual spring cleanup event when communities focus on local beautification efforts in advance of Arkansas’s tourism season. Cleanup events enhance a community’s roadsides, waterways, parks and neighborhoods by picking up litter, planting flowers, removing bulky waste, recycling materials and improving overall appearance.
“Littering is illegal in Arkansas, and it is ugly and unhealthy. We want Arkansans to no longer tolerate littered places,” said Liz Philpott, volunteer program manager at KAB and statewide cleanup coordinator. “KAB is committed to fostering behavior change and new attitudes to make littering socially unacceptable. We advance that change through volunteer activities and educational outreach, such as statewide cleanup efforts.”
During the 2018 Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, events were registered in 67 counties where 7,215 volunteers picked up nearly 134,000 pounds of litter and collected more than 5.5 million pounds of bulky waste from 949 miles of roadside and 174 miles of waterway. Volunteers also cleaned up more than 4,000 acres of parks and public areas and recycled nearly 250,000 pounds of electronics.
Communities and groups are invited to sign up to organize a local cleanup this year at https://bit.ly/KABSignUp. Cleanup organizers can use KAB’s free, print-ready promotional items to help recruit volunteers and learn how to organize a cleanup. Resources are available at http://bit.ly/KABClean. Volunteers can find local cleanups on the calendar of events at http://bit.ly/KABevnt. The Great American Cleanup in Arkansas runs March through May.
In conjunction with the Great American Cleanup, elementary-aged Arkansas students, Scouts, 4-H club members and home-schooled students are encouraged to enter the annual Great American Cleanup in Arkansas Youth Poster Contest. Entries are due Friday, March 1. For details on how to enter, go to http://bit.ly/KABContest.
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 by 1 percent 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 stay in the know by following Keep Arkansas Beautiful on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and texting VOLUNTEER to 484848.
About Keep America Beautiful Inc.
Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. It strives to end littering, improve recycling and beautify America’s communities, so that everyone can live in a community that is clean, green and beautiful. Behavior change – steeped in education, research and behavioral science – is the cornerstone of Keep America Beautiful. The organization empowers generations of community and environmental stewards through volunteer programs, hands-on experiences, educational curricula, practical advice and other resources. It is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 certified affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials and individuals. Join Keep America Beautiful on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Take action at kab.org.