Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Keep PA Beautiful Urges Adoption Of Local Roads, Parks, Other Areas To Fight Litter

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful invites local residents, organizations, civic groups, and businesses to join programs to adopt local areas, such as municipal roads, communities, parks, neighborhood blocks, greenways, waterways and trails to keep them litter free.
According to Keep America Beautiful’s 2009 National Visible Litter Survey and Litter Cost Study, litter clean up costs the U.S. more than an estimated $11.5 billion each year with municipalities spending more than $790 million and counties spending $185 million each year.  
“Many communities depend on volunteers to clean up litter. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful works hand in hand with local municipalities and counties to provide residents with the tools and resources they need to keep our communities clean and beautiful,” said Shannon Reiter, President of Keep PA Beautiful. “Our adoption Program helps mitigate the costs associated with cleaning up and encourages partnerships between local residents and municipalities. It’s a win-win.”
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful provides one recognition sign per adoption and groups must agree to make safety a top priority, schedule two cleanups per year and report results to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful after each cleanup.  
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful will seek support from the local property maintainer/owner before proceeding with an adoption.
“We all want to live in a clean community. Adopting an area is a proven and effective way to address persistent dumping and littering and helps keep these areas trash-free. All it takes is a concerned person or group of volunteers and a commitment to be part of the solution to keeping Pennsylvania clean,” explained Reiter.
For more information visit KPB’s Adoption Programs webpage or contact Stephanie Larson by sending email to: or 724-836-4121 x104.
For information about adopting a state maintained road visit PennDOT’s Highway Beautification Program webpage.
For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful website.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from KPB, Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter, Discover them on Pinterest and visit their YouTube Channel.
Also visit the Illegal Dump Free PA website for more ideas on how to clean up communities and keep them clean and KPB’s new Electronics Waste website.

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