Keep Arkansas Beautiful

It’s time to take out the trash. And then it’s time to pick up the trash that’s already outside.

The Crossett Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with local businesses and a state organization to host a cleanup day Saturday in Crossett.

Chamber Executive Director Mandy White said that the Community Cleanup day is part of the Great Arkansas Cleanup, which takes place each fall from September through October and each spring from March until May.

“Please plan to help us tidy up our community because we love putting Crossett and Ashley County on the map,” White said.

Organizers will give door prizes and lunch will be provided to all of the volunteers.

The Great Arkansas Cleanup project is sponsored by Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission, which is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. The most recent data available on the commission’s Website, from 2018, says that during the Great Arkansas Cleanup that year Arkansasans collected nearly 80,000 pounds of litter, 3,598 old tires, approximately 170,000 pounds of old electronics and more than 700,000 pounds of bulky waste. There were 156 events held over 62 counties and approximately 5,500 volunteers. The volunteers cleaned more than 900 miles of waterway, approximately 20,000 public areas and 730 miles of roadway.

“We are happy to be a part of this statewide effort,” White said.

Anyone who is interested in participating in the Crossett event can report to the Chamber building Saturday morning. White said they will pass out gloves, trash bags and routes at 9 a.m. Members of the CenturyNext Bank team will be working to grill hot dogs during the cleanup so that afterwards volunteers may enjoy a free meal.

White said they will also be giving away door prizes that all volunteers will be eligible for. The Chamber started participating in this event in the Spring of 2019, and White said she plans for Crossett to continue to participate in both the Spring and Fall Great Arkansas Cleanup project each year.

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