Keep America Beautiful is celebrating the Great American Cleanup’s 24th year in 2022, between March 21 to June 22. As the country continues to deal with the pandemic, it is as important as ever to help end litter across our great nation. This means that we should all make sure that waste (including PPE) gets placed in the trash and we all recycle based on local capabilities.
Regarding litter collection, Great American Cleanup event organizers have been provided clear guidance to ensure that volunteer health is our first priority. All cleanups should adhere to guidelines from federal, state, and local public health officials so timely and accurate information can guide safe and appropriate activities in each location.
The Great American Cleanup®, the nation’s largest community improvement program, creates positive change and lasting impact in local communities.
A great update to share:
We did it! Thanks to the participation of our dedicated volunteers, we have distributed all of the litter cleanup kits for this year’s Great American Cleanup!
While we no longer have free litter cleanup kits available for you to sign up to receive this year, you can still go out into your community and cleanup litter any time!
When you do a cleanup, please let us know each time, by reporting the results of your efforts by clicking this link: volunteer.kab.org/gacvolunteerreports2022
Register to join the Great American Cleanup!
Click below to see highlights of the great work our affiliates and volunteers are doing this year.
GAC takes place annually with an estimated 500,000 volunteers taking part in 15,000 community events nationwide, thanks to the work done by the Keep America Beautiful (KAB) network of 700 affiliates and KAB partner organizations.
“The pride we have in this spring-cleaning movement is immeasurable, and we’re excited to see citizens from across the country work together to clean, green, and beautify America during the 24th annual Great American Cleanup,” said Keep America Beautiful Interim President and CEO, Becky Lyons. “It is through this program that a significant difference is made across America every spring, as the service projects heighten awareness about the vital importance of caring for our environment.”
Activities at planned GAC events include removing litter and debris from roadsides, highways, shorelines, and waterways; planting trees, flowers, and gardens; and cleaning and restoring nature trails, recreation areas, and playgrounds.
Examples of 2022 Great American Cleanup events taking place:
- Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful: Pick Up Pennsylvania, a program of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, is taking place through May 31. Free work gloves, safety vests, and trash bags are given, while supplies last. Donated landfill space for trash collected during the cleanup is available for free or reduced cost between April 1 and April 30. Click here.
- Keep Oklahoma Beautiful: Keep Oklahoma Beautiful works with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for ODOT TRASH-OFF, a statewide cleanup day on April 16 when Adopt-A-Highway groups, organizations, and communities volunteer to clean Oklahoma highways, roads, and community areas. Click here.
- PalmettoPride/Keep South Carolina Beautiful: Starting March 30 and serving as their official GAC kickoff event, PalmettoPride/Keep South Carolina Beautiful will host the kickoff for Grab A Bag SC in Laurens County with Lt. Governor Pamela Evette, Laurens County, the soon-to-be Keep Laurens County Beautiful, Laurens County Chamber of Commerce, and the South Carolina Department of Transportation. Their efforts support citizens of South Carolina grabbing a bag of any kind and cleaning up a portion of their community. Click here.
- Keep Charlotte Beautiful: On March 26, Keep Charlotte Beautiful in Florida will have a dumpster available for the litter that people have picked up, and they will also host a cleanup that day. The first 700 volunteers to register for GAC in the area will receive a Great American Cleanup shirt. Click here.
- Keep Brevard Beautiful: Keep Brevard Beautiful in Florida will host their 39th annual Trash Bash on April 9. Their GAC plans already kicked off with an art contest for the county’s middle and high school students. The students were tasked with creating a design that advocates for environmental protection, as well as communicate KBB’s mission and theme, “Keep the Sea Plastic Free.” The winner of this year’s contest is Alora Crane, a 10th-grader. Volunteer for Trash Bash with KBB: Click here.
Kicking off GAC 2022 will be a first-of-its-kind event on March 23 at Georgia Gwinnett College from 8 to 10 a.m. EST. Keep America Beautiful and Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful will host “Connecting People and Places: A Community Conversation About Litter.” The discussion, facilitated by environmental and social science research group, Responsive Management, will engage a focus group to explore the perceptions, attitudes, and recommended solutions to prevent litter. Register here.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Great American Cleanup event organizers have been provided clear guidance to ensure that volunteer health is our first priority. All cleanups will adhere to guidelines from federal, state, and local public health officials so timely and accurate information can guide safe and appropriate activities in each location.
Find a local event and register as a volunteer by clicking here. If there are no events in your area, click here to find a local Keep America Beautiful affiliate or sign up here to conduct a Great American Cleanup event by yourself or with a small group on your own schedule. While supplies last, registrants will receive a free cleanup kit, which contains a litter picker, scale, reflective vest, liners, and work gloves.
Volunteers are encouraged to help spread the message of GAC by sharing photos on social media channels, using the hashtags #DoBeautifulThings, #HowIKeepAmericaBeautiful, #KeepAmericaBeautiful, and #GreatAmericanCleanup.
Thanks to our 2022 Great American Cleanup National Sponsors: