Carl Garner Federal Lands - September
Sat, Sep 7, 2024

Carl Garner Federal Lands

Carl Garner Federal Lands Day is celebrated on the first Saturday after Labor Day each year. The holiday is dedicated to encouraging Americans to take on more civic responsibilities and maintain cleanliness not only in their homes but also in public spaces and streets.


Carl Garner Federal Lands Day was first celebrated in 1985, originally known as National Cleaning of Federal Lands Day. The founder of this initiative, engineer Carl Garner, invited the public to help clean up the area around Lake Greers Ferry. The event transformed the lake and surrounding area and quickly gained popularity. This day has now become synonymous with community-driven efforts to keep public lands clean.

Interesting Facts

  • Carl Garner Federal Lands Day promotes cleanliness and helps maintain beautiful recreational areas.
  • The day increases public awareness of the environmental hazards of garbage.
  • Annually, approximately 4 billion pounds of waste end up in the oceans. Recycling one ton of paper can save about 20 trees.
  • Every hour, up to 2.5 million plastic bottles are thrown away in the U.S., highlighting the importance of reducing plastic use.
  • Finland is noted for recycling 100% of its glass containers, setting a global benchmark in sustainability.

How to Take Part

Participate in local clean-up efforts. Encourage your family, friends, and colleagues to join in. You can also start a social media challenge to see who can clean up the most or do it the best. Sharing these activities online can inspire others to join the cause.

When is Carl Garner Federal Lands Day celebrated in 2024?

Carl Garner Federal Lands Day is observed on the first Saturday after Labor Day each year.


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