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The City of Osceola is Organizing Litter Pickup for Sept. 28th & Oct. 5th

Volunteers needed to help keep Osceola beautiful

UPDATED:
This years United for a Clean Osceola campaign has expanded. The “United for a Clean Osceola” organized volunteer clean-up effort will begin at 7:00 am on Sept. 28th and Oct. 5th at the Main Street Bingo Hall. Supplies such as bags, gloves, safety vests and t-shirts will be distributed at this time on a first come basis.
Advance material distribution for teams is available NOW at City Hall.

Osceola, Ark (September 12th, 2019) – Volunteers are needed to participate in United for a Clean Osceola’s annual fall litter pickup September 28th. Sponsored by The City of Osceola, the cleanup is being held in conjunction with the Great Arkansas Cleanup (GAC), the annual fall statewide litter pickup campaign promoted by Keep Arkansas Beautiful (KAB).

“Litter continues to be a problem in our community,” said Osceola Mayor Sally Wilson, local co-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 Arkansas Cleanup, local residents can help make and keep Osceola a vibrant community.”

UnitedClean upEveryone in Osceola is encouraged to participate in this year’s litter-pickup 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. Volunteer groups are asked to select an area to target their efforts and communicate this with one of the many event coordinators or through email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This event has been scheduled to coincide with a broader, county-wide clean-up effort. The Osceola Street Dept. will pick up at your curbside debris such as chairs, tables, mattresses, box springs, and other small items between the hours of 7:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Streets and Sanitation Superintendent Steve Choals advises that on this day no tires, shingles, limbs, leaves or household garbage will be picked up. Also, the Mississippi County landfill will be free to all county residents from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. if taken by residents personally. To assure the Saturday pick-up call 563-2612 and leave your name, phone number and address to be placed on the pick-up scheduled.

The “United for a Clean Osceola” organized volunteer clean-up effort will begin at 7:00 am on Sept. 28th and Oct. 5th at the Main Street Bingo Hall. Supplies such as bags, gloves, safety vests and t-shirts will be distributed at this time on a first-come basis.

“Litter is everyone’s responsibility,” Wilson said. “Although not everyone litters, we do all live in this community together and must work together to keep it clean and green. We do this out of community pride to maintain our outstanding quality of life and to improve our local economy.”

This year’s local cleanup is sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Arkansas Department of Transportation, Keep America Beautiful and the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation.

About the Great Arkansas Cleanup

The Great Arkansas Cleanup grew out of an effort that began more than 40 years ago as the Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Cleanup. In 1985, U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers guided legislation requiring an annual pickup event during the weekend after Labor Day on all federal lands. This law, the Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Act, honors the founder of the event. Mr. Garner continued his advocacy for a clean and litter-free environment as a member of the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation board of directors until his passing in 2014. KAB organized the first statewide GAC in 1989.

About Keep Arkansas Beautiful
The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB), consisting of a professional staff of three and a nine-member advisory board appointed by the governor, is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., KAB inspires and educates individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. KAB is funded through its 1 percent portion 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, visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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