All 10 collections sites in Crawford County have secured volunteers to help with the annual fall litter pickup in September and October.

"Now what we need are concerned citizens that want to help by disposing of their trash in the proper containers," said County Judge John Hall.

Sponsored by county judge’s office, Crawford County Highway Department and Green Source Recycling, the cleanup is 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," Hall said.

"It can leave a negative impact on our community for years to come," Hall said. "By participating in this year’s Great Arkansas Cleanup, local residents can help make Crawford County a vibrant community."

The tentative schedule includes:

• Sept. 21 - Uniontown, Dyer and Rudy.

• Sept. 28 - Turner, Natural Dam and Chester.

• Oct. 5 - Cedarville and Mountainburg.

• Oct. 11 - Mulberry and Locke.

"Litter is everyone’s responsibility," Hall 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."

For more information call Hall’s office 474-1511.

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

The Great Arkansas Cleanup grew out of an effort that began more than 40 years ago as the Greer’s 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 continues his advocacy for a clean and litter-free environment as a member of the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation board of directors. KAB organized the first statewide GAC in 1989.