The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission is helping volunteers in every county organize and promote local cleanup and beautification events that will #MakeArkansasGreen, according to a news release.


The effort is part of the the annual Keep America Beautiful™ Great American Cleanup®.


“The Great American Cleanup in Arkansas – and the #MakeArkansasGreen challenge – is a call-to-action to volunteers to organize at least one cleanup event in each of the state’s 75 counties during March, April and May,” according to the release.


Cleanups should focus on enhancing public spaces – such as roadsides, waterways, parks and neighborhoods – by picking up litter and debris, planting flowers, removing bulky waste, recycling materials and improving overall appearance.


“Littering is illegal in Arkansas and it is ugly and unhealthy,” said Liz Philpott, KAB’s volunteer program manager and statewide cleanup coordinator. “We want Arkansans to no longer tolerate littered places.”


“KAB is committed to fostering behavior change and new attitudes to make littering socially unacceptable. We advance change through volunteer activities and educational outreach about the negative impacts on a community that isn’t litter-free. The #MakeArkansasGreen challenge during the Great American Cleanup in Arkansas is a key initiative to engage and inspire Arkansans toward better habits,” Philpott said.


Each week beginning in April, KAB will post to its social media platforms a #MakeArkansasGreen map of the counties where a cleanup is registered. Arkansans can follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to track the #MakeArkansasGreen campaign’s success.


Communities and groups may sign up to organize a local cleanup at http://bit.ly/2018GAC. KAB will provide trash bags, T-shirts and other supplies, as long as those supplies last. Visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com to find local cleanups on the calendar of events.


The Great American Cleanup in Arkansas runs March through May. This year marks the 20th year of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup. Last year, volunteers picked up nearly 186 million pounds of litter and debris in communities across the country.