Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Great American Cleanup Of PA Begins March 1, Registration Still Open, Video Contest

The 2017 Great American Cleanup of PA began March 1 and ends on May 31, but Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Wednesday reminded Pennsylvanians there is still time to register events and 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 registered through the Great American Cleanup of PA.  
To find an event near you to help with, visit the Find An Event webpage
“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 Pennsylvania Beautiful. “Last year, over 158,000 volunteers helped clean up 5 million pounds of trash. This year we hope to engage even more Pennsylvania’s to come out between March and May to help keep their communities clean and beautiful.”
As part of this event, the Department of Environmental Protection and Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association are sponsoring Let’s Pick It Up PA – Everyday from April 18th through May 8th.
During this time, trash collected at registered events can be taken to participating landfills and receive free or reduced cost disposal with prior approval.
The Great American Cleanup of PA is led by a coalition of nonprofit, state agency and business partners such as the Department of Environmental Protection, PennDOT, Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association, the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, Weis Markets, Inc., Wawa, Inc., Sheetz, ShopRite and The Fresh Grocer, Steel Recycling Institute, Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, Clean Earth, Giant Eagle, Giant Food Stores, Inc., Republic Services and Wegmans Food Markets.
Video Contest
In conjunction with the Great American Cleanup of PA, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful holds an annual video contest for participants to highlight their enthusiasm and accomplishments.
To participate, send a 2-minute video of your 2017 Great American Cleanup of PA event showing individuals, groups, children, and adults having fun keeping your communities clean and beautiful!
Be sure to mention the Great American Cleanup of PA in your video!
Cash prizes, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association, are $200 for the winning entry and $100 each for two runners up.   Additional sponsors for the video contest are Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and the Department of Environmental Protection.
More information is available on the Video Contest webpage. Submit videos by email to:  The deadline for submissions is June 2.
For more information, to register and to find an event near you, visit the Great American Cleanup of PA website. Questions can be answered by 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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