Great American Cleanup

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Volunteers are needed to participate in annual spring community improvement event in Drew County and the city of Monticello on May 10.

Sponsored by City of Monticello and Drew County, the cleanup is being held in conjunction with the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, the annual spring statewide litter pickup campaign promoted by Keep Arkansas Beautiful.

“Litter continues to be a problem in Monticello and Drew County,” said Brian Rodgers, the local coordinator of this year’s cleanup. “It can leave a negative impact on our community for years to come. By participating in this year’s Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, local residents can help make Monticello/Drew County a vibrant community.”

Everyone in Drew County is encouraged to participate in this year’s community improvement effort. Civic and service organizations, church and youth groups, school groups and clubs, scouts, individuals, families, neighborhoods, and businesses can organize cleanup teams and pitch in.

Volunteers within the city of Monticello can sign up by contacting Rodgers at 367-4410. Volunteer outside the city can sign up by contacting Sandra Burnett at the Drew County judge’s office at 460- 6200.

Volunteers can pick up supplies at the Monticello Mini Park on South Main the day of the event, or call for details during sign up.

“Community pride is everyone’s responsibility,” Rodgers said. “We all live in this community together and must work together to keep it clean and green. We do this to maintain our quality of life, to create a place we can all be proud of and to improve our local economy.”

About the Cleanup

The national kickoff for the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup is March 1. Local Great American Cleanup events are being organized in March, April and May.

Activities will include beautifying parks and recreation areas, cleaning waterways, collecting recyclables, picking up litter, planting trees and flowers, and conducting educational programs and litter-free events.

This year’s national Great American Cleanup is sponsored by Altria, Dow Chemical Company, Glad Products Company, Phillips 66, Troy-Bilt® Lawn and Garden Equipment and Waste Management.

About Keep Arkansas Beautiful

As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., Keep Arkansas Beautiful works to inspire and educate individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. It operates as a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and is overseen by a nine-member commission appointed by the governor.

KAB is funded by one-percent of the eighth-cent conservation tax and, by mobilizing volunteers, returns to the state a cost benefit of more than $6 in community service for each program dollar spent.

For more information about KAB, visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About Keep America Beautiful

Keep America Beautiful Inc,, established in 1953, is the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. With a network of nearly 1,000 affiliate and participating organizations, Keep America Beautiful builds vibrant communities through public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. To learn more about Keep America Beautiful, visit kab.org.