Despite years of progress in recycling and reducing municipal waste, there are still more than 6,500 illegal dumpsites in Pennsylvania, the topic of November’s “Environmental Focus” from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. The program is now available online.
The half-hour television show welcomes featured guest Shannon Reiter, executive director of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful (the state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc.), an organization dedicated to helping Pennsylvanians make their communities clean and beautiful.
Additionally, a roundtable discussion was led by former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful board member David Hess, Keep York Beautiful executive director Tom Smith, and PEC vice president Janet Sweeney.
Topics discussed include the measures being taken to help reduce illegal dumping — with access to trash disposal a recurring proposed solution — as well as looking into the reasons behind it, and the costs of illegal dumping, both environmentally and economically.
Previous editions of “Environmental Focus” have featured topics such as outdoor recreation on Pennsylvania’s waterways, Pennsylvania’s capital budget, the Pennsylvania Pipeline Infrastructure Taskforce, the Delaware River Conservation Program, and climate change with guests such as Pennsylvania DEP Secretary John Quigley, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, and Andrew Johnson of the William Penn Foundation.To view past episodes of “Environmental Focus,” Click Here. Click Here to sign up for regular updates from PEC.