All posts by Barb Smerkar

Illegal dumping an issue in the city

(June 17, 2016) – Your Erie – The city of Erie is asking for your help identifying a man caught illegally dumping a couch.

Durst Trucking’s surveillance cameras caught the crime on camera.

A man pulled up and removed a couch from his SUV and left it on Durst’s property.

Andy Zimmerman, city code enforcement manger, said the lot between Durst, 3223 Poplar St., and Carrara Steel is a common dumping ground.

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Keep PA Beautiful Welcomes New Staff To Fight Illegal Dumping Across Pennsylvania

(May 2, 2016) – PA Environment Digest -Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Wednesday announced the addition of two new members to its staff, Fred Siekkinen and Dana Rockwell, to help bolster its fight against illegal dumping across the state.

“Fred and Dana share the values and vision of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and will serve as great resources to the organization and the communities we serve. The combination of their experience and expertise will provide great insight as we advance the Illegal Dump Free PA Program and our mission to empower Pennsylvanians to make our communities clean and beautiful.  Both bring a fresh perspective and I know they will be assets to the organization as we move forward,” states Shannon Reiter, President of Keep PA Beautiful.

Fred Siekkinen recently joined the KPB staff in the position of Enforcement Support Field Operative. Siekkinen retired from the Department of Environmental Protection as an Environmental Protection Specialist/Investigator.

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Cameras help Keep PA Beautiful

(January 22, 2016) – The Record Herald – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s surveillance camera loan program has resulted in over 30 convictions for illegal dumping in communities, state forests and recycling drop off centers over the last year.
In 2015, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful launched the IllegalDumpFreePA.org website to put in one place the community resources needed to fight illegal dumping. It includes a Municipalities Toolkit with sample letters to magistrates and media releases aimed at preventing and stopping illegal dumping at the local level.

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Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Welcomes Staff to Coordinate Illegal Dump Free PA Initiative

(February 23, 2016) – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is pleased to announce the new hire of Aaron Semasko who joined the team to help facilitate their Illegal Dump Free PA initiative across the state.  Semasko will work with local governments, communities, and enforcement agencies to identify and hold accountable individuals and businesses that choose to dump their trash illegally, through IllegalDumpFreePA.org, an innovative program launched in 2015 that provides surveillance camera loans, training and support to Pennsylvania municipalities and community groups.

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New Website Helps Fight Illegal Dumping In Our Communities

(January 21, 2016) – PA Home Page – There were over 30 convictions for Illegal Dumping in communities across Pennsylvania in 2015.
To help catch these criminals in the act. “The Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Program” has launched a website giving  communities the resources to take a stand against  illegal dumping.
The program also offers cities and towns the opportunity to apply for a camera loan program grant.

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Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s camera loan program combats illegal dumping

(January 17, 2016) Meadville Tribune – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, a statewide organization whose mission is to empower Pennsylvanians to make communities clean and beautiful, launched IllegalDumpFreePA.org in 2015, a website that houses community resources to fight illegal dumping. The site includes a Municipalities Toolkit that includes sample letters to legislators and magistrates and media releases aimed at preventing and stopping illegal dumping at the local level.

Through Illegal Dump Free PA, municipalities have the opportunity to apply for a Camera Loan Program grant. The grant includes the loan of a set of three high quality, motion activated, covert security cameras that provide instant wireless transmission of site activity, photo documentation of license plates at speeds of up to 50 mph, and clear photos of activity day or night, which are key to prosecutions. The Camera Loan Program is gaining traction and has been instrumental in providing information needed for convictions across the state. As a direct result of the Camera Loan Program there have been more than 30 convictions in communities, state forests and recycling drop off centers.

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KPB Surveillance Camera Program Results In Over 30 Convictions For Illegal Dumping

(January 18, 2016) PA Environment DigestKeep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s Surveillance Camera Loan Program has resulted in over 30 convictions for illegal dumping in communities, state forests and recycling drop off centers over the last year.

In 2015, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful launched the IllegalDumpFreePA.org website to put in one place the community resources needed to fight illegal dumping.  It includes a Municipalities Toolkit with sample letters to magistrates and media releases aimed at preventing and stopping illegal dumping at the local level.

Through the website, municipalities also have the opportunity to apply for a Camera Loan Program grant. The grant includes the loan of a set of three high quality, motion activated, covert security cameras that provide instant wireless transmission of site activity, photo documentation of license plates at speeds of up to 50 MPH, and clear photos of activity day or night that are key to prosecutions.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s Camera Loan Program Effective at Combating Illegal Dumping

(January 14, 2015) KPB Press Release – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, a statewide organization whose mission is to empower Pennsylvanian’s to make our communities clean and beautiful, launched IllegalDumpFreePA.org in 2015, a website that houses community resources to fight illegal dumping. The site includes a Municipalities Toolkit that includes sample letters to legislators and magistrates and media releases aimed at preventing and stopping illegal dumping at the local level. Through Illegal Dump Free PA, municipalities have the opportunity to apply for a Camera Loan Program grant.

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Keep PA Beautiful Surveillance Cameras Catch Dumpers In Erie County

(12/7/15) – PA Environment Digest – For years, residents of Wesleyville Borough in Erie County and residents of nearby communities have used the Borough’s recycling center to leave old furniture, mattresses, tires, computers, even paint and hazardous chemicals.

In 2013, the Borough researched the purchase of security cameras, but the Borough Council felt the cameras were too expensive – so the Borough resigned itself to clean up piles of debris at the center each Monday morning.

This has begun to change.

Since June 19th, Wesleyville Borough has been able to monitor its self-serve recycling center for illegal dumping thanks to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and its generous loan of three high-quality motion activated surveillance cameras that provide instant wireless transmission of site activity, photo documentation of license plates and clear photos of activity day or night.

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