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.
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, according to a press release.
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!”