The Central Arkansas Master Naturalists coordinated the Clark Wetlands Cleanup in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup in April. Volunteers worked for 3.5 hours to remove litter from in and around the William E. “Bill” Clark Presidential Park Wetlands at the Clinton Presidential Center. They cleaned approximately 13 acres, removing 600 pounds of litter! Way to go, Central Arkansas Master Naturalists!
Keep Van Buren Beautiful hosted an Electronic-Waste Recycling Event in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup on April 19. The Van Buren High School football team was a tremendous help at the event–unloading 30,000 pounds of e-waste to be recycled! Way to go, KVBB!
The City of Monticello recently hosted their Great American Cleanup event on May 10. More than 50 volunteers gathered to help remove almost 1,500 pounds of litter from around the community. They also planted a tree, seedlings, and flowers. Way to go, Monticello!
Arkansas Geocachers from Van Buren, Fort Smith, Alma, Sallisaw, Spiro, Hot Springs, Clarksville and Russellville gathered to do a Cache In Trash Out (CITO) event in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup at Lake Louemma in Van Buren on April 26. Volunteers helped removed approximately 1,500 pounds of litter from in and around the lake. Way to go, Arkansas Geocachers!
Labor For Your Neighbor (L4YN) hosted their “L4YN Great American Cleanup” event on May 10 with the Saline County Regional Solid Waste Management District. Forty-two volunteers gathered to help with their bulky-waste drive, where Haskell residents had the opportunity to drop off waste without having to pay tipping fees. This helps prevents illegal dumps and ensures waste is put in its proper place. In just four hours, they were able to collect 16.52 tons of trash. They also collected 10,380 pounds of metal, 7,162 pounds of electronics, 6,915 pounds of hazardous household waste, and 212 tires–which will all be recycled! Way to go L4YN!
Dr. Minnie Hatchett coordinated the 11th Annual South End Neighborhood Association’s Great American Cleanup on April 26. Almost 200 volunteers gathered to reduce litter from Interstate 30 to Barton Coliseum in Little Rock. They removed 8,000 pounds of litter from 35 miles of roadways and two parks, cleaning five illegal dumps and four junk vehicles on dead end streets. They recycled any tires they collected, and also donated 15 bags of aluminum to the local organization, Helping Hand, a local non-profit that provides occupational, physical, and speech therapy to children.
Keep Sherwood Beautiful hosted their Great American Cleanup in Sherwood on April 12. More than 50 volunteers gathered to help beautify Sherwood City Hall and reduce litter around the city. The Mayor of Sherwood and Girl Scouts came out to help with many other community volunteers. Volunteers helped removed more than 1,000 pounds of litter, and planted 24 shrubs and 12 flowers!
The Beaver Watershed Alliance hosted their 9th Annual West Fork of the White River Cleanup on Saturday, May 17. One hundred and thirty dedicated volunteers helped clean and beautify the White River, its tributaries, and the streamside areas. Volunteers came from 13 communities in the northwest Arkansas region, which included watershed landowners, local high school students, and members of community organizations, such as the Arkansas Canoe Club, Washington County 4H, NWA Master Naturalists, and more. Over 29 miles of stream were covered from Winslow downstream to Fayetteville. In total, they removed 4,000 pounds of litter, 81 tires, and 1 television!