Thursday, February 2, 2017

Keep PA Beautiful: Registration Open For The 2017 Great American Cleanup Of PA

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Thursday announced registration is now open for the 2017 Great American Cleanup of PA which runs from March 1 to May 31.   If you or your group want to organize a cleanup, register now and get some free help.
Registered cleanup events can get free trash bags, gloves, and safety vests from PennDOT district offices, as supplies last.
Events can be litter cleanups, illegal dump cleanups, beautification projects, special collections, and educational events.
As part of this statewide cleanup event, the Department of Environmental Protection and PA Waste Industries Association are sponsoring Let’s Pick It Up PA – Everyday from April 18 through May 8.
During this time, trash collected at registered events can be taken to participating landfills for free or reduced cost disposal with prior approval.
“We are so grateful to our volunteers and sponsors who help make the Great American Cleanup of PA, Pennsylvania’s premier community improvement initiative, possible,” said Shannon Reiter, President of Keep PA Beautiful. “This year we hope to engage even more Pennsylvania’s to come out between March and May to make their communities clean and beautiful.”
All 67 counties in Pennsylvania were represented in the 2016 Great American Cleanup of PA. In total, there were 6,118 events with 158,821 volunteers. Volunteers collected 5 million pounds of trash.
They cleaned over 11,000 miles of roads, railroad tracks, trails, waterways, and shorelines. Volunteers also planted 15,465 trees, bulbs, and plants in an effort to keep Pennsylvania beautiful.  
A copy of the 2016 Great American Cleanup of PA final report is available online.
This annual event is held in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup and led by a coalition of nonprofit, state agency and business partners such as the Department of Environmental Protection, PennDOT, PA Waste Industries Association, the PA Food Merchants Association, Weis Markets, Inc., Wawa, Inc., Sheetz, ShopRite and The Fresh Grocer.
Help make your community clean and beautiful and register an event at the Great American Cleanup of PA website. Questions should be directed to Michelle Dunn, Great American Cleanup of PA Program Coordinator, at 1-877-772-3673 ext. 113 or send email to:  
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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