Local groups, cities celebrate Earth Day with cleanup events

Updated: Apr. 22, 2021 at 10:59 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Several events were hosted Thursday to celebrate Earth Day.

Nettleton High School students spent the day picking up litter around the Nettleton campus, in and around Allen Park, and beyond.

The students have been prepping for the annual Raider Earth Day cleanup all week.

They’ve been promoting with recycled bookmarks, chalk messages, and even chose the area where they wanted to pick up trash.

Students picked up litter from the Nettleton campus all the way up to the Sonic on Race Street.

By noon, they had over 20 bags full of trash.

11th-grade student Jenna Hauge said it’s important to take care of our planet on more than just Earth Day.

“This is really the only Earth that we get so we need to protect it and keep it clean so that for many years we’re still here and still breathing good air and keeping it pretty for everyone,” said Hauge.

By the end of their cleanup day, Nettleton students picked up more than 55 bags of trash.

They also partnered with Jonesboro Parks and Recreation to plant a tree at Allen Park Thursday afternoon.

9th-grade student Katelyn Ewert said she hopes their example gets the community involved in keeping their neighborhoods clean.

The Downtown Jonesboro Alliance also hosted a cleanup event to celebrate Earth Day.

Around 20 people volunteered to help clean up the downtown area.

They picked up litter in the alleys and sidewalks all around Main Street.

This is the first official cleanup Downtown Jonesboro Alliance has hosted.

Jesse Clayton saw the event on social media.

He said taking time to celebrate Earth Day can make a big impact.

“It’s really a reminder for people to go out and go out of their way to protect the land that we depend on,” said Clayton.

Clayton said there are other ways to take care of the planet, including reducing the amount of plastic you use and trying a vegan meal once a week.

“You can do a lot of very easy things in order to have a big impact and if enough people do it we can really cause a lot of change,” said Clayton.

30 bags of litter were collected from the downtown cleanup.

The city of Paragould handed out 200 recycling bins at its City Hall Thursday morning.

City Clerk Andrea Williams worked throughout the entire morning handing the bins out and stressed the importance of recycling.

“Really just keeping the Earth clean,” Williams said. “All this material goes out to the landfill, but it gets sorted and recycled into other products.”

The initial plan was to give away just 100 bins Thursday, but after all of them were given away before 9 a.m., the call was made to double down.

If you weren’t able to volunteer on Earth Day, there will be several cleanup events this weekend.

One hosted by the Craighead County Jonesboro Public library from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday and one hosted by Keep Jonesboro Beautiful that starts at 8:30 a.m.

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