NORTHWEST, AR – Every time it rains, litter that is left on the ground washes to creeks and streams. You can help. Pick Up Where You Play is a litter cleanup happening throughout Northwest Arkansas during the fall months. Last year over 600 volunteers removed trash from parks, trails, creeks, rivers, and lakes. Volunteers are entered to win a 2-night cabin stay and float trip for 4 at Gracie’s Canoe Camp on the Elk River! For more information go to!

Participate in a clean up listed below for your chance to win!

Saturday, Sept. 9th

Saturday, Sept. 16th

Saturday, Sept. 30th

  • Osage Creek Cleanup – Rogers – 11 am-1 pm
  • Lake Fayetteville – Fayetteville – 9:00am-11:30am

Saturday, Oct. 7th

  • Beaver Lake Volunteer Day – Prairie Creek – 8 am-noon
  • Lake Elmdale – Elm Springs 
  • Scull Creek @ Gordon Long Park – Fayetteville

Thursday, Oct. 12th

  • Bentonville Litter Event – 8 am-3 pm

Saturday, Oct. 14th

  • Lake Sequoyah – Fayetteville – 9:30 am-noon

Saturday, Oct. 28th

  • Farmington Branch Creek Cleanup – Farmington – 10am-noon

Saturday, Nov. 4th

  • Lake Wilson Clean-up – Fayetteville – 10 am-12:30 pm
  • West Fork Clean-up – West Fork – Check in at Riverside Park

How does litter impact water?

If litter is not picked up it travels to storm drains when it rains. It then goes untreated into our creeks and streams. No one likes swimming or recreating with litter. Litter can also harm wildlife that might mistake it for food or get tangled in the trash.

Two volunteers removing trash from creek

What is considered litter?

Litter can come in many shapes and sizes, from cigarette butts to bulky household waste. Anything that has not been disposed of properly is considered litter. We often think of littering as intentional, but it can also be unintentional, like litter flying out from truck beds. Secure things well in your truck bed. Keeping a litter bag in your car is an easy way to keep your trash contained while traveling. In Arkansas, littering is illegal and you can report it by calling 866-811-1222. For more resources on littering visit Keep Arkansas Beautiful.

To properly dispose of large items and hazardous materials, contact your nearest disposal source.

For Washington County Disposal options visit Boston Mountain Solid Waste District. For Benton County Disposal options visit Benton County Solid Waste District.

If you are curious about how to recycle the trash you collect or want to organize recycling for an event? Go to NWA Recycles resource website!