Great Arkansas Cleanup

October 8, 2005--Posted at 6:30 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR--They call Arkansas the Natural State for a reason. Today in Jonesboro was the great Arkansas cleanup day designed to clean up litter and inform the community.

"Arkansas is such a beautiful state and we have a lot of beautiful areas and people need to keep those clean," said Barbara Miller the Information and Education Director at Crowley's Ridge Nature Center.

Unfortunately litter is a problem in the Natural State.  Last year the state of Arkansas spent over 7 million dollars on cleaning up litter a problem you can fix simply by picking up your own trash.

"We do hear alot from people who visiting our state that they find Arkansas has more of a litter problem from other places they travel," said Pam Alexander of the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Volunteers from around Region 8 came out to Craighead Forrest Park and Crowley's Ridge Nature Center to help cleanup Region 8. Even if you didn't make it out to the great Arkansas Cleanup Day you can still participate all weekend.

"We just ask you to get out and do something for the community to help make arkansas a more beautiful state," said Alexander.

Last year just over 20,000 volunteers from across the state picked up almost 4 million pounds of trash for the great arkansas cleanup. A day like this offers a chance to show your civic pride.

"It's just a great opportunity to come out do something good for the community and have a great time while doing it," said Alexander

Even though today was the Great Arkansas Cleanup day it's not a one day job. A little effort everyday to make Arkansas a lot cleaner.

"Everyday should be the great Arkansas Cleanup Day" said Alexander.