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Each fall community partners come together on a regional effort to remove litter from recreational areas. Check this page regularly for dates and locations of this year's cleanups or sign up at the bottom of this page to be notified of this year's event!

Participate in a cleanup listed below for your chance to win!

Gracie's Canoe Camp has generously offered a Cabin Stay for 2 nights and Float Trip for 4 on the Elk River for a lucky participant.


Thanks to 154 volunteers that have participated in the cleanups so far this year at Lee Creek, Spring Creek, and Bentonville's Clean the Streets events! See upcoming events below.

Saturday, Sept. 30

  • Osage Creek Cleanup - Rogers - 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Meet at the trail behind Home Depot for supplies and check-in!
  • Lake Fayetteville - Fayetteville - 9-11:30 a.m.. Check out the Facebook event and the Event Flyer!

Saturday, Oct. 7

  • Beaver Lake Volunteer Day - Prairie Creek - 8am-noon. Check out the Event Flyer for more information and Register for the event here!
  • Lake Elmdale - Elm Springs 
  • Scull Creek @ Gordon Long Park - Fayetteville

Thursday, Oct. 12

  • Bentonville Litter Event - 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 14

  • Lake Sequoyah - Fayetteville - 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon. Check out the Facebook event and the Event Flyer Paddlers are especially needed for this event!

Saturday, Oct. 28

  • Farmington Branch Creek Cleanup - Farmington - 10 a.m.- 12 noon

Saturday, Nov. 4

  • Lake Wilson Cleanup - Fayetteville - 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • West Fork Cleanup - West Fork - Check in at Riverside Park

How does litter impact water?

If litter is not picked up, it travels to storm drains when it rains. It then goes untreated into creeks and streams. No one likes swimming or recreating with litter. Litter can also harm wildlife that might mistake it for food or get tangled in the trash.

Two volunteers removing trash from creek

What is considered litter?

Litter can come in many shapes and sizes, from cigarette butts to bulky household waste. Anything that has not been disposed of properly is considered litter. We often think of littering as intentional, but it can also be unintentional, like litter flying out from truck beds. Secure things well in your truck bed. Keeping a litter bag in your car is an easy way to keep your trash contained while traveling. In Arkansas, littering is illegal and you can report it by calling 866-811-1222. For more resources on littering, visit Keep Arkansas Beautiful.

To properly dispose of large items and hazardous materials, contact your nearest disposal source.

For Washington County Disposal options, visit Boston Mountain Solid Waste District. For Benton County Disposal options, visit Benton County Solid Waste District.

Curious about how to recycle the trash you collect or want to organize recycling for an event? Go to NWA Recycles Resource website!

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