Crawford County’s annual fall cleanup and litter drop-off will be Sept. 23 and 30 and Oct. 7 and 14.

There will be 10 communities participating in this year’s litter drop off events, said Elaine Stanfield, Crawford County judge’s administrative assistant and local cleanup coordinator.

Drop off events on Sept. 23 will be at Natural Dam, Dyer and Uniontown; Sept. 30 at Chester and Mountainburg; Oct. 7 at Turner, Locke and Mulberry; and Oct. 14 at Rudy and Cedarville.

All drop offs will be held from 7 a.m. to noon, or until the dumpsters are filled, Stanfield said. Dumpsters will be in prominent spots in the communities.

Litter continues to be a problem in Crawford County, said Crawford County Judge Dennis Gilstrap.

“We have employees out every day picking up trash that citizens have dumped in ditches, off bridges and just along the side of the road - litter and illegal dumping is a huge problem in Crawford County,” Gilstrap said.

People dumping tires, couches, refrigerators and “lots of other items” continue to have a negative impact on our community, Gilstrap said.

“By participating in this year’s Great Arkansas Cleanup, local residents can help make Crawford County a vibrant community,” Gilstrap said.

Crawford County’s annual cleanup is sponsored by the Crawford County Judge’s Office and the Crawford County Road and Highway Department.

It is held each year in conjunction with the Great Arkansas Cleanup, the annual fall statewide litter pickup campaign promoted by Keep Arkansas Beautiful.

Gilstrap encouraged all area residents to participate in the litter drop-off effort.

“Litter is everyone’s responsibility,” Gilstrap 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.”

Items not allowed in the litter drop-off events are: Yard waste, leaves, grass, tree limbs, stumps, brush, automotive liquids such as oil, gas, brake fluid and antifreeze - including used motor oil filters and gas tanks, batteries, tires, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners including all appliance compressors, large quantities of any liquid, paint cans with paint - though empty or dry paint cans are acceptable.

Also not accepted: Glue containers with free flowing glue, large quantities of construction debris - though small quantities of roofing shingles or other materials are acceptable, domestic septic tank pumping cresol, treated wood that has not been certified hazard free, incinerator ash and residues, hazardous or toxic waste, cleaning chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, or fungicides or containers that have not been triple rinsed and punctured, and electronics such as computers, televisions, and radios.

The regional cleanup is sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Arkansas Department of Transportation, Keep America Beautiful and Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation.