Keep Philadelphia Beautiful

Keep Philadelphia Beautiful had a great day this past Saturday at 7th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup!

We partnered with the Eagles Youth Partnership, The Dow Chemical Company, and our friends at Keep America Beautiful to paint, remove graffiti, and clean up five vacant lots around Gideon School in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood. (Check out pictures: http://on.fb.me/1lJfK7m!) Gideon took part in the Eagles Youth Partnership’s Playground Build Program ten years ago, and we were thrilled to be a part of keeping the playground clean and green.

Our many, many thanks to the Eagles Youth Partnership, Gideon School, Keep America Beautiful, and the Philadelphia Streets Department – and to Mayor Michael Nutter for starting his day with us!

We also want to extend our many, many thanks to Dow Chemical and McCormick Paints for their generous donation of 1000 gallons of paint to the Philly Spring Cleanup effort!

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.

Keep Clark County Beautiful

Keep Clark County Beautiful is helping the National Trail Parks and Recreation District in Springfield, Ohio, to create an educational nature walk trail for urban youth with little or no access to wilderness areas in the city. On Sunday, March 31, 2014, volunteers removed over 1,000 lbs. of litter from the soon-to-be trail, along with dozens of dumped tires and other bulk items. Utilizing KCCB’s new Community Cleanup Trailer, volunteers were also able to clear vines, weeds, and honeysuckle from the trail as well.

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.