Groups and individuals are being sought to participate in Saturday’s Keep Van Buren Beautiful fall cleanup, part of the Great Arkansas Cleanup.

Anyone interested in participating in cleanings areas of Van Buren are encouraged to call John Pope, KVBB director, at 459-4238. Materials will be supplied.

Though volunteers and community service workers keep Van Buren clean and maintained throughout the year, Pope said the fall cleanup is a chance to get the community involved.

Keep Van Buren Beautiful will have dumpsters at Lake Lou Emma Saturday for its fall cleanup.

Two dumpsters will be available for public dumping and tires will be accepted, but no electronics or hazardous waste, Pope said.

The cleanup is a chance for everyone in Crawford County to clean up their garage and around their home, getting rid of items they don’t need, Pope said.

Dumpsters provided by Deffenbaugh Industries will be available from 8:30 a.m. until they are full, Pope said.

The Great Arkansas Cleanup, which began Sept. 7, is the annual fall statewide litter-pickup campaign promoted by the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission.

Communities all over Arkansas come together each fall during the cleanup to help increase public awareness of the importance of a clean and environmentally healthy state.

Each year, an estimated 17,000 Arkansans volunteer for 114 events in 53 counties. Through their efforts, litter is picked up from 3,400 miles of roadway, 121 parks and public areas, and 534 miles of shoreline; and 26 illegal dumps are closed.

The Great Arkansas Cleanup began more than 40 years ago as the Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Cleanup. In 1985, then-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.