We believe that every individual has a stake in his or her community, including managing the communities litter problem and the environmental quality of life. Keep Little Rock Beautiful organizes and participates in a number of events throughout the year to improve Little Rock.
Keep Little Rock Beautiful partners with the City of Little Rock’s Public Works’ Adopt-A Street Program. This in an opportunity to beautify the city by volunteering to pick up litter and trash on selected streets. There are many streets in need of adoption.
Check out this Video on YouTube about the Adopt-A-Street Program
Volunteers and groups identify a street (3-7 blocks or more) and pick up litter and trash at least 6 times per year. Public Works provides lists of available streets, signage, safety vests and litter bags, and scheduled pick up of trash collected. To get involved contact Keep Little Rock Beautiful at firstname.lastname@example.org or 501-765-3530.
Beautiful communities are landscaped with plants – and beautiful green communities are landscaped with sustainable landscapes. KLRB is working with the City of Little Rock, volunteers, and sponsors to design, install, and maintain sustainable landscaped medians in key locations throughout the city. The most recently completed project is the sculpture “Playing Ball” and landscaping (in partnership with Botanica Gardens) at the new roundabout on Riverfront Drive and Rebsamen Park Road. The Cumberland Street Triangle at the base of the Interstate 30 off ramp into downtown Little Rock is another continuing success story.
The Little Rock’s Hanging Flower Basket program, featured on Markham Street and two blocks of Main is currently in its fourth year of implementation. The program has been a great success due to the involvement of volunteers with KLRB and Pulaski County Master Gardeners along with the alliance with Little Rock Downtown Partnership, City of LR. The program has been so well received that KLRB is seeking sponsors and partners to expand the program so that more baskets may be hung, enriching the downtown landscape. To learn more contact KLRB at email@example.com.
New and continuing projects include the following: Beautification of the proposed roundabout at the junction of Kavanaugh, Pine Valley and North McKinley; the Otter Creek primary entrance along Hwy 5 in Southwest Little Rock; the partnership of the Meadowcliff Community garden with Meadowcliff Elementary School and the Brookwood/Meadowcliff Neighborhood Association.
Awareness of Litter Problems Impacting Local Waterways
dRAIN smART is an engaging public education/environmental program that use art to communicate the function and importance of storm drains.
This central Arkansas partnership showcases local artists’ original murals on storm drains to educate the public about runoff water and its impact on local water resources, like Fourche Creek and the Arkansas River.
Like most cities in the US, Little Rock’s municipal storm drains are a direct link to our streams, lakes and rivers. When it rains, storm water flows over parking lots, streets, lawns and other surfaces. This moving water works like a magnet that attaches to everything in its path. Paper & plastic litter, grease and oil, brake dust, anti-freeze, fertilizer, yard and pet waste, and other assorted items are all carried into our storm drains when it rains. This polluted water travels untreated through this system before being discharged into our local waterways.
Many residents have a misconception that the storm drains are part of our sanitary sewer system that sends to the wastewater treatment plant, which leads to the misuse of storm drains – thinking they are a “safe” place to dispose of waste. When pollutants are disposed via storm drains, they end up in our local creeks and rivers.
This year’s inaugural Drain Smart program will launch in three areas of midtown Little Rock. You’ll see the drain murals in the River Market area, War Memorial Corridor and South Main neighborhoods.
For more information about Drain Smart and the artists visit www.drain-smart.org
Cigarette Litter Prevention Program
When it ends up on the ground and not in a receptacle, a cigarette butt is litter. Partially smoked cigarettes, matches, disposable lighters, packaging, and cigarette butts are all part of a growing national litter problem.
KLRB has implemented a program to provide ash receptacles in public places and to distribute free pocket ashtrays to smokers. Follow us on Facebook to keep up with our progress.
A beautiful community is one without litter, a goal that KLRB seeks to achieve. We sponsor many community litter and trash clean-ups, working with neighborhood groups, volunteers and sponsors to make an impact.
We track that impact with our annual Litter Index Survey – our scientific survey that measures the quantity of litter on city streets. Each year we identify the most littered streets and strive to get them cleaned up by reaching out to citizens, business and the community in those areas to get the streets adopted through the cities Adopt-a-Street Program.
A green community reduces, reuses, and recycles solid waste. KLRB has established a business recycling program to establish a cardboard and glass recycling in the River Market District. We work with the city, waste haulers, residents and business owners to find ways to expand recycling. We continue to advocate for more effective recycling programs and policies. Recycling programs are currently on going in selected Little Rock Schools.
School Recycling Grants
Congratulations to Brady, Forest Park, and Jefferson Elementary Schools, recipients of the 2013 KLRB Recycling Grants.
A goal of KLRB is to increase recycling in our community. A main thrust of our recycling committee is to fund recycling grants for Little Rock Elementary Schools, which are to be used to inform, encourage and support school recycling programs,