Thursday, January 21, 2021

Keep PA Beautiful: Registration Now Open For Pick Up PA Community Cleanup Initiative

On January 21,
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful announced registration is now open for the 2021 Pick Up Pennsylvania, a community improvement initiative. 

This annual event, beginning on March 1 and ending on May 31, offers registered participants free trash bags, gloves, and safety vests provided by support from the Department of Environmental Protection, PennDOT and Keep America Beautiful, as supplies last. 

Events can include litter cleanups, illegal dump cleanups, community greening and beautification, special collections and education events and must be registered at to receive free cleanup supplies. 

As part of this event, the Department of Environmental Protection and PA Waste Industries Association are sponsoring trash disposal, free of charge or at a reduced rate, for registered program participants at participating landfills from April 1 through April 30, with prior approval. 

The results of a pre-pandemic statewide study on litter, conducted by the Department of Environmental Protection, PennDOT and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, found that there is an estimated 500 million pieces of litter on Pennsylvania roadways. Among other things, this litter pollutes our environment and affects our quality of life. 

“There is an urgent need for systems to properly manage our municipal waste, but we also need to change behaviors to stop litter from happening in the first place. Until that happens, we want to provide the tools and resources our residents need to make a difference locally,” said Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.     

2021 participants are encouraged to observe the most recent social distancing guidelines and are encouraged to clean up in small groups, with family members or solo. 

To host an event, join an event near you or to inquire about free supplies and trash disposal, visit KPB’s Pick Up Pennsylvania webpage or contact Michelle Dunn, Pick Up Pennsylvania Program Coordinator, at 877-772-3673 ext. 113 or send email to:

Video Contest

Anyone participating in Pick Up Pennsylvania can earn cash prizes for their nonprofit or charity of choice by entering the Pick Up Pennsylvania Video Contest

To participate, send Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful a 60-second video of your event showing how you keep Pennsylvania beautiful. Your event must be registered with Pick Up Pennsylvania to participate.

For details go to the Pick Up Pennsylvania Video Contest webpage.


Current 2021 Pick Up Pennsylvania Lead supporters include: Coca-Cola, PA Waste Industries Association and Wawa. Supporting sponsors include Luminent, Giant Eagle, Republic Services, PA Food Merchants Association, and Wegmen’s.

If you are interested in becoming a supporter of the 2021 Pick Up Pennsylvania initiative contact Shannon Reiter at 724-836-4121 or send email to:   

For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful website. Click Here to become a member.  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 Electronics Waste website.

The 2020 Pick Up Pennsylvania Initiative is postponed until March 1 through May 31.  Questions should be directed to Michelle Dunn at 1-877-772-3673 Ext. 113 or send email to:

Keep PA Beautiful helps mobilize over 100,000 volunteers a year to pick up litter, clean up illegal dumping and beautify Pennsylvania.

[Posted: January 21, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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