(11/21/15) – PA Environment Digest -Through a partnership initiated in 2011, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and the Washington County Court System Furlough Into Service Program celebrated their 100th illegal dump cleanup in Washington County this fall.
The work completed by this partnership is funded through the Department of Community and Economic Development, Washington County Commissioners – Local Share Account Fund.
Illegal dumpsites have existed throughout Washington County for decades, plaguing roadways, hillsides, and streams. In 2005, Keep PA Beautiful’s Illegal Dump Survey identified 126 sites, containing an estimated 317 tons of trash.
Negative environmental and economic impacts from illegal dumping affect citizens, wildlife, and the natural landscape. Chemicals, asbestos, and drug-related waste could impose more elevated risks.