Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day is an annual United States observance that falls on the first Saturday after Labor Day. In 2019 the day falls on September 7th. It is designed to encourage participation of American citizens in the cleanup of federal lands.
The observance was established in 1985 as the Federal Lands National Cleanup Day. Founder Carl Garner, an engineer, organized the clean up of the areas around his place of work, Greers Ferry Lake by local citizens. His program became nationally acclaimed and even received the Keep America Beautiful Award twice. On Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day, various activities, ceremonies, and programs take place in order to continue public and private sector cooperation in preserving the beauty and safety of these areas; increase people’s sense of ownership and community pride in these areas; reduce litter along federal lands; and maintain and improve trails, recreation areas, waterways, and facilities.
This observance aims to raise citizens’ awareness of the problem of litter and encourage them to preserve the environment during the entire year.This observance is not a public holiday therefore government offices, educational institutions, and businesses remain open on this day. However, schools often organize various activities dedicated to environmental protection.