Make Every Day Earth Day!

Today’s celebration of Earth Day is a reminder to all Americans that while our environmental challenges might be great, if we treat every day as if it’s Earth Day our small, daily actions can result in significant and positive change.

Throughout April and the rest of spring, Keep America Beautiful’s network of community-based affiliates are conducting Great American Cleanup events that celebrate the shared responsibility we all have to improve our communities and protect our planet. We invite you to participate in an event close to home or create your own. Be a part of our movement to build and sustain vibrant communities across our nation.

We all can be local change-makers. For example, Keep Virginia Beautiful Executive Director Mike Baum launched KVB’s campaign, “Give 60,” with the simple idea that an individual volunteering for just 60 minutes can help make Virginia a more beautiful place.

At Keep America Beautiful, we share that sentiment. Keep America Beautiful thanks the millions of Americans who are volunteering their 60 minutes (and much more) during the Great American Cleanup to help beautify parks, trails and recreation areas; clean roads, highways, shorelines and waterways; reduce waste and increase recycling; remove litter and debris; plant trees and build community gardens, among  many other community service projects.

We encourage you to treat every day as if it’s Earth Day. You’ll be glad you did!

Keep Clark County Beautiful

Keep Clark County Beautiful volunteers cleaned up over a mile of the Simon Kenton multi-use trail in Springfield, Ohio, on Saturday, April 12. They picked up 25 bags of litter and a dumped tire. Volunteers also removed unsightly tagging from a bridge over the trail. Here, volunteers Kathleen Jedreski and Ryan Peterkoski knock out graffiti.

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) hosted their first Great American Cleanup event on March 22. Six volunteers and two staff members removed more than 350 tires from the Terre Noire Natural Area in Southwest Arkansas! The ANHC partnered with a local tire recycling company to ensure the tires did not make their way to a landfill. Thank you, ANHC!

Whitetail Assassins of Arkansas

On March 1, 2014, the Whitetail Assassins of Arkansas hosted “Trashin’ with the Assassin,” an ATV litter pick-up of Mount Magazine State Park.

Seven volunteers removed approximately 400 pounds of litter from fifteen miles of roads and trails surrounding Mount Magazine. From the litter removed, they were able to recycle around 75 pounds of plastic, aluminum and glass.

Mulberry River, Arkansas

Nearly 200 volunteers gathered for Turner Bend Outfitter’s 23rd annual Mulberry River Cleanup Day on March 1. Volunteers spread out across the Mulberry River Valley by foot, ATVs, trucks, and canoes. Within four hours, the Mulberry River was clean from Wolf Pen to Milton Ford (about 25 miles).

Volunteers also cleaned the shuttle roads from Ozark to Shore Lake (about 30 miles), and all the access points in between. Participation was so strong that volunteers also cleaned Highway 23 from Fly Gap to the Mulberry Valley, along with portions of White Rock Road and Morgan Mountain Road.

All in all, more than 5,000 pounds of litter was removed from the Mulberry River Valley and its surroundings. 38 miles of roadways were cleaned, and 25 miles of waterways. Thank you to Turner Bend Outfitter & their amazing team of volunteers!

Illinois River Watershed Partnership, Northwest Arkansas

On March 8, nearly 200 volunteers gathered in 5 communities with the Illinois River Watershed Partnership for the 7th Annual Riparian Project in Northwest Arkansas.

Volunteers planted over 4,000 native tree seedlings in the Illinois River Watershed and removed more than 600 pounds of litter! We’re looking forward to the 8th Annual Riparian Project in 2015!

Texarkana, Arkansas

Volunteers across Texarkana, Arkansas joined together on March 8, 2014 for their, “Cleaner is Greener!” Great American Cleanup and recycling event.

Volunteers removed over 1,000 pounds of litter from the streets of Texarkana, cleaning 5 miles of roadways. More than 15,000 pounds of bulky waste was collected in dumpsters throughout the city. Volunteers also planted more than 30 trees.

Texarkana also hosted a large recycling drive–collecting almost 2,000 pounds each of both plastic and aluminum. They also collected almost 4,000 pounds of newspaper, and almost 5,000 pounds of e-waste.

Fayetteville, Arkansas

The University of Arkansas’ International Language Center hosted a cleanup of Lake Elmdale in Fayetteville, Arkansas on March 14, 2014!

Students from Brazil, Panama, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Japan, and Vietnam joined together to help remove over 200 pounds of litter, cleaning 2 miles of waterways and 5 acres of public land.