Volunteers are needed to participate in Crawford County’s annual fall trash drop off set for Sept. 24, Oct. 8 and Oct. 15.

Drop off events on Sept. 24 will be at Natural Dam, Chester and Uniontown; Oct. 8 at Cedarville, Turner, Dyer and Locke; and Oct. 15 at Rudy, Mountainburg and Mulberry.

All drop offs will be held from 7 a.m. to noon, or until the dumpsters are filled, said Elaine Stanfield, Crawford County judge’s administrative assistant and local coordinator of the cleanup.

Litter continues to be a problem in Crawford County, Stanfield said.

“Most of the items collected -unless put in these dumpsters - end up in the ditches on roads throughout the county,” Stanfield said. “Some one has to pick them up, when they could be devoting their time to other things.”

Excessive litter also could affect the area’s tourist industry, Stanfield said.

While litter can leave a negative impact on the county for years to come, participation in the Great Arkansas Cleanup can help make Crawford County “a vibrant community,” she said.

“Many people have used this opportunity to get things off their property and make it better for all,” Stanfield said. “Old items laying around are unsightly and tend to be breeding grounds for insects and rodents.”

Crawford County’s annual cleanup is sponsored by the Crawford County Judge’s Office, Crawford County Road Department and West River Valley Regional Solid Waste Management District.

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

Stanfield encourages all area residents to participate in the litter drop-off effort, she said.

“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.”

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 appliances 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 State Highway and Transportation Department, Keep America Beautiful and Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation.