Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Registration Now Open For 2010 Great American Cleanup Of PA

PA CleanWays and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful announced registration is now open for the 2010 Great American Cleanup of PA.
This annual event is in partnership with support from the Department of Environmental Protection, PennDOT, and partnering agencies and local businesses including AAA - Mid-Atlantic, American Chemistry Council, Keystone Sanitary Landfill, PA Builders Association, PA Landscape & Nursery Association, PA Beverage Association, PA Waste Industry Association, Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, Steel Recycling Institute, and Waste Management.
March 1 - May 30
The 2010 Great American Cleanup of PA will begin on March 1 and end on May 30. During this period, registered events can get free bags, gloves, and vests from PennDOT District offices.
Events consist of litter cleanups, illegal dump cleanups, beautification projects, special collections, and educational events. Events must be registered through the Great American Cleanup of PA website to get these free cleanup supplies.
Free Cleanup Trash Disposal
As part of this event, the Department of Environmental Protection will be sponsoring Let’s Pick It Up PA – Everyday. During the Pick It Up PA Day’s, registered events will be able to take the trash collected during their cleanup to participating landfills for free disposal.
The Let’s Pick It Up PA – Everyday event will begin on April 17 and end on May 1. The focus day will be April 24. 
2009 Cleanup
All 67 counties in Pennsylvania were represented in the 2009 Great American Cleanup of PA. There were 4,837 events with 171,940 volunteers. Volunteers collected 344,021 bags of trash or 6,880,420 pounds. They cleaned 16,498 miles of roads, railroad tracks, trails, waterways, and shorelines, and 6,986 acres of parks and/or wetlands. Additionally, volunteers planted 6,264 trees, bulbs, and plants in an effort to keep Pennsylvania beautiful. 
Since the inception of this event in 2004, over 42 million pounds of litter and waste have been removed from Pennsylvania’s landscape, and tens of thousands of trees, bulbs, and flowers have been planted.
To register your event, find an event near you, or to find additional resources go to the Great American Cleanup of PA website. Any additional questions can be answered by the Great American Cleanup of PA Hotline at 1-877-772-3673 ext. 113.

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