Crawford County citizens are needed to participate in Crawford County’s annual fall litter cleanup and trash drop-off.

Sponsored by Crawford County judge’s office and Crawford County Highway Department, the cleanup will be held in conjunction with the Great Arkansas Cleanup, the annual fall statewide litter pickup campaign promoted by Keep Arkansas Beautiful.

“Litter continues to be a problem in Crawford County” said Elaine Stanfield of Rudy, local 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 all of Crawford County a vibrant community.”

Stanfield said everyone in Crawford County is encouraged to participate in this year’s trash drop-off effort.

Trash dumpster will be available in 10 communities throughout the county:

Dates and locations are:

• Sept. 22 - Chester, Mountainburg and Uniontown.

• Sept. 29 - Locke and Dyer.

• Oct. 6 - Rudy.

• Oct. 13 - Turner, Mulberry, Natural Dam and Cedarville.

The dumpsters will be available 7 a.m. until noon or until the dumpster is full.

“Litter is everyone’s responsibility,” Stanfield 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.

The county also has announced it will begin an “Adopt-A-Road” program on Nov. 1. This program will be similar to the state’s “Adopt-A-Highway” program.

Organizations and civic groups can help ensure we live up to the name,” County Judge Dennis Gilstrap said. “This program provides concerned groups the opportunity to perform a worthwhile community service that enhances our county’s image and natural beauty.”

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. 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 death in 2014. KAB organized the first statewide GAC in 1989.