The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) invites Arkansans to join its spring cleanup campaign.


The Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, organized and promoted statewide by KAB, starts Sunday, March 1. Cleanup, beautification and recycling events will be hosted across the state through Sunday, May 31, according to a news release.


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.


“Before our state receives thousands of tourists for the summer season, we want to invite Arkansans to take pride in their state by helping remove litter, recycle and participate in beautification efforts,” Mark Camp, executive director of KAB, said in the release.


The 2019 Great American Cleanup in Arkansas attracted 6,880 volunteers who removed more than 153,000 pounds of litter along 862 miles of roadsides, 123 miles of waterway and more than 1,360 acres of parks and public areas.


“Last year, we had 179 cleanups over 65 counties. There will be cleanup events happening every weekend this spring statewide, so there are plenty of opportunities to do your part and get involved,” Camp said.


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, Feb. 28. For details on how to enter, go to http://bit.ly/KABContest.