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Oklahoma Proves It Can Fight Dirty

27,000 volunteers rallied together to clean-up Oklahoma this spring

OKLAHOMA CITY - Between March 1 - May 31, 2010 more than 27,000 Oklahoma volunteers came together to clean, paint, plant and fix up their communities during the 2010 Great American Cleanup™ in Oklahoma. The Great American Cleanup™(GAC) is the nation’s largest annual community improvement program sponsored nationally by Keep America Beautiful and coordinated in Oklahoma by Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB). 

This year, KOB is pleased to report that more than 7.8 million pounds of litter and debris was removed from 418 Oklahoma communities, 1,640 acres of parks and public lands and 1,000 miles of roads and highways. In addition to collecting litter, many groups held events that were focused on recycling and environmental education. These groups collected 95,000 pounds of electronics, 6,000 tires and 51,000 lbs of aluminum and steel, among other types of recyclables.

Pretty places stay pretty clean. Removing litter is only part of the process to create beautiful places for families to live and play. Participating groups in the Great American Cleanup™ in Oklahoma planted 14,700 tress, 23,100 flowers, restored and painted 37 buildings and removed 17 graffiti sites - all in an effort to create a more beautiful and economically viable places to live and work.
In 2010, KOB reached a milestone that only two other states have reached in the history of the GAC - 100% county participation. Groups who registered to participate in this annual event were eligible to receive free trash bags from the Glad, water for volunteers from Nestle and other products made available from Keep America Beautiful’s national sponsors. Of the nearly 200 registered groups in Oklahoma, 20 were selected to receive a $250 Start Up grant from KOB - funded by OGE Energy Corp.

Participants in this year’s GAC once again included groups registered with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s annual Trash-Off. To view the complete GAC results and find out if your community was impacted by this or any of Keep Oklahoma Beautiful’s other programs, please visit the KOB Program Impact page at keepoklahomabeautiful.com/kob-impact to view an interactive map.