Thursday, January 19, 2023

Keep PA Beautiful Wants You To Fight Dirty! Register Now For Pick Up Pennsylvania Litter Cleanup

Are you ready to
Fight Dirty? Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful announced registration is now open for the 2023 Pick Up Pennsylvania, a community improvement initiative. 

Pick Up Pennsylvania is a year-long initiative, however, events scheduled from March 1 through May 31 receive 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. 

Events must be registered online 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. 

56,967 Volunteers

Last year from March through May, 56,967 people participated in Pick Up Pennsylvania. Over 3.7 million pounds of trash and recyclables were picked up and 101,298 trees, flowers and other greens were planted.

Community Cleanup Webinar

Want to fight dirty in your community but not sure where to start? Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is hosting a community cleanup training webinar on March 1 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

The training will include technical support for choosing an event location, organizing and mobilizing volunteers, coordinating trash disposal, accessing supplies and resources and more! 

A link will be made available closer to the date of the webinar on the Pick Up Pennsylvania webpage. 

“Most people don’t think small pieces of litter make an impact, but it really does add up. Every Litter Bit Matters when it comes to keeping Pennsylvania beautiful. By working together to pick up a little litter, we can make big improvements in our quality of life. We’re hoping that after the long winter, our residents are ready to get out there and fight dirty in their neighborhoods,” said Shannon Reiter, President of Keep PA Beautiful. “Making an area more attractive with plants, flowers or a fresh coat of paint can also help keep an area litter free. Anyone can participate in Pick Up PA by going to our website.” 

Individuals, friends, family and groups large and small can help clean up vacant lots, streets and riverbanks, plant gardens and trees or mulch a local playground. 

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

Current 2023 Pick Up Pennsylvania supporters include: Mahantango Enterprises, Inc. If you are interested in becoming a supporter contact Deb Woolley at

Visit the PA Fights Dirty webpage for more on anti-litter education.

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.

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

[Posted: January 19, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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