Fayetteville celebrates Earth Day with giveaway and pledge

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In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, residents who pledge to help clean up the city’s parks and trails have a chance to win some gifts.

As more people spend time outdoors during the pandemic, crews have noticed an increase in litter in the city’s parks and along the trails. A region-wide cleanup of the Razorback Greenway was scheduled for this month, but was canceled because of COVID-19. The event will be rescheduled at a later date, but officials are still asking for help with cleaning the city.

The first 50 people to register and take the Earth Day Pledge to help clean up trash will receive a litter grabber and two t-shirts, and the next 125 people will receive two t-shirts

Those who register are asked to do something on Earth Day that creates a positive impact while practicing social distancing, and then post about it on social media using the hashtags #recyclesomething and #keepfayettevillebeautiful.

Any litter collected in parks and on trails may be placed in or next to facility trash cans. Anyone who cleans up litter elsewhere and needs assistance with trash pickup should call Heather Ellzey at 479-601-1930.

Gift pickup is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, April 20 at the Fayetteville Parks and Recreation parking lot, located at 1455 S. Happy Hollow Road. Participants will be assigned a pickup time during online registration, based on their last name, and simply need to drive up to city staff who will be handing out supplies while wearing face masks and gloves.

» Register online