Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful (KWSB), N.C.

For the second year in a row the Great American Cleanup (GAC) was part of the Forsyth County Creek Week coordinated by the City’s Storm Water Department, other county municipalities, the Library, Cooperative Extension Service and many other groups including of course KWSB.

March 15-22 events were held each day including creek crawls, fishing demonstrations, movies, book readings, photo contests, educational activities leading up to a large cleanup on March 22. On that final day approximately 1,000 volunteers county wide removed over 16,000 lbs. of trash and recyclables from local waterways, streets, parks and schools. Volunteers were provided Cici’s pizza, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Pepsi drinks. It was a VERY successful and fun week!

M.K. Distributors, Pine Bluff, AR

M.K. Distributors in Pine Bluff hosted a Great American Cleanup event in its community on May 17! Volunteers collected approximately 280 pounds of litter from around the city. Keep Arkansas Beautiful is proud of their efforts. Way to go, M.K. Distributors!

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commmission, Warren, AR

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission hosted their third Great American Cleanup event on May 17 at the Warren Prairie Natural Area. Approximately 20 volunteers helped remove about 900 pounds of litter from 4 miles surrounding the area. Way to go, ANHC!

Ozark Vein Center, Fayetteville, AR

The Ozark Vein Center recently hosted “Stomping out Trash with Class!” at Iam’s Dog Park in Fayetteville, Arkansas! This was their first time to coordinate and host a Great American Cleanup event. They collected approximately 60 pounds of litter from in and around the dog park. Xena, one of the volunteer’s dogs, was a big help for removing hard to reach litter!

The group enjoyed the cleanup so much that they also started cleaning a bike trail in Bentonville! We are so proud of their efforts to help keep Northwest Arkansas beautiful!

Gentry Travelers Pathfinder Club, Gentry, AR

The Gentry Travelers Pathfinder Club hosted a “Trash-A-Thon” in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup on May 18!

Twenty-five volunteers helped collected approximately 400 pounds of litter from in and around Gentry City Park and the Flint Creek Nature Center. This cleanup was also a fundraiser for the organization. Members of the organization had people “sponsor” them for each pound of litter they removed. Funds raised from this cleanup event will help fund their upcoming trip to the 2014 International Camporee. Way to go, Gentry Travelers!

Lake Fayetteville Watershed Partnership, Fayetteville, AR

The Lake Fayetteville Watershed Partnership hosted its 2014 Lake Fayetteville Spring Cleanup on May 10, in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup.

Seventy-five volunteers gathered to help remove approximately 1,200 pounds of litter from in and around Lake Fayetteville! They were able to recycle 150 pounds of recyclables (plastics and aluminum), as well as three tires! Thanks to the Lake Fayetteville Watershed Partnership for their dedication to keeping Lake Fayetteville beautiful!

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, Reno, NV

Record number of sites for KTMB’s Great Community Cleanup
More than 600 residents brave weather to clean up Truckee Meadows

RENO, NV (May 10, 2014) – More than 600 Washoe County residents turned out in the wind and rain Saturday to clean up illegal dumpsites and invasive weeds at a record 22 sites during KTMB’s Great Community Cleanup. Volunteers removed 116 tons of trash, 13 tons of invasive weeds and more than 300 tires for a cleanup total of 132 tons. Volunteers also removed graffiti from several sites.

“Last year it was almost too hot to be out, and this year was the opposite, but you can’t stop our volunteers,” said Christi Cakiroglu, executive director of Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB).

Cakiroglu said the organization also started the KTMB Speakers Bureau this year to try and spread a wider word about how illegal dumping negatively affects the Truckee Meadows.

“People might think they are saving some money, or they truly might not know what to do with some of the items they’re dumping,” Cakiroglu said. “But there are alternatives, and people can contact us anytime for that information. Dumping never saves money because residents pay in so many other ways like lowered property values, deterred business and depressed quality of life for everyone who lives here.”

KTMB volunteers are individuals, families and groups from all over the community, including the event sponsor, Intuit, and all the event partners like the Truckee River Fund, NV Energy Foundation, YP, Allied Nevada Gold Corp., cities of Reno and Sparks, IGT, KTVN, Save Mart, Signature Landscapes, Sun Valley GID, Washoe County, Washoe County Health District, Waste Management, Wells Fargo, Wilks Radio, AT&T External Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Microsoft Licensing, OrangeTree Productions, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Scheels, The Nature Conservancy, Tires Plus, United States Forest Service, and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.

KTMB’s Great Community Cleanup began in 2006 as a part of a community-based effort to preserve the natural beauty of local recreation areas and remove the dangers to people and wildlife associated with illegal dump sites and invasive weeds. For a map of 2014 cleanup sites, before and after photos, video and more, visit ktmb.org/events/ktmbs-great-community-cleanup/

In 2014, KTMB celebrates 25 years of stewardship in the Truckee Meadows, and KTMB’s Great Community Cleanup is the 15th event in KTMB’s 25for25 Silver Celebration (#25for25). All KTMB programs are geared toward educating the public about the economic and health hazards of litter and illegal dumping; reducing our waste; eliminating trash from our parks, roadways and open spaces; making our community a beautiful and safe place to live; and giving opportunities for residents and businesses to take pride and ownership in their home. Residents can get involved by visiting ktmb.org

Cedarville 4-H Club and Girl Scouts, Cedarville, AR

The Cedarville 4-H Club and Girl Scouts hosted “Keep Cedarville Beautiful”, a cleanup to engage and involve Cedarville’s youth in efforts to clear litter in their community while learning about environmental responsibility. Their team of 75 volunteers helped clean 20 miles of roadways and 10 acres of parks around Cedarville! They also cleaned and beautified trails and waterways in their community, planting 4 trees and 34 flowers! Way to go, Cedarville 4-H & Girl Scouts!