Public Source – In a cul-de-sac in Homewood recently, Al Chernov and Dani Kramer were tossing various kinds of trash into garbage bins. Couch cushions, a scale, paint cans. Suddenly, Kramer shouted, “Needles!” Whenever the pair finds a hypodermic needle, they usually don’t just find one; they find several. Chernov, 52, and Kramer, 31, are the only two employees who pick up trash, part time, for Allegheny CleanWays, a nonprofit that specializes in cleaning up the millions of pounds of junk that have been illegally discarded across Allegheny County. The nonprofit focuses on sites with at least 50 pounds of trash, not small pieces of litter. They pick up garbage on private land and dangerous hillsides where city workers aren’t allowed to go.
GoErie.com – A new state law will make those who dump rubbish responsible for picking it up — and picking up more besides. Legislation signed into law last week by Gov. Tom Wolf also will make litterers pay another price — increased fines of up to $1,000. Act 62 of 2018 additionally allows highway officials to designate areas as litter enforcement corridors. Fines for dumping rubbish in those areas will be doubled. Businesses dumping rubbish in a litter enforcement corridor will pay triple fines. “When you look at all of the trash along our roads, it’s clear that fines alone are not enough to deter this crime,” state Sen. Mario Scavello, a Monroe County Republican, said in a statement. Scavello was the prime sponsor of the new law.
The Times – Senate Bill 431, which Wolf signed on June 28, calls for people guilty of their first summary littering offense to pick up litter or illegally dumped trash for between five and 30 hours within six months in addition to the existing fine of between 50 and 300 dollars. Litterbugs face more punishment under an anti-littering bill recently signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf. Senate Bill 431, which Wolf signed on June 28, calls for people guilty of their first summary littering offense to pick up litter or illegally dumped trash for between five and 30 hours within six months in addition to the existing fine of between $50 and $300.
PA Environment Digest Blog – Gov. Tom Wolf late Thursday signed into law Senate Bill 431 sponsored by Sen. Mario Scavello (R-Monroe) to reduce littering across Pennsylvania by requiring offenders to pick up trash and authorizing the creation of local litter enforcement corridors. “When you look at all of the trash along our roads, it’s clear that fines alone are not enough to deter this crime,” said Sen. Scavello. “Littering is like graffiti and other acts of vandalism – when people engage in it without fear of punishment, it sends the message that no one cares and leads to more litter. It’s time to show we really care.”
PA Environment Digest Blog – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Wednesday announced Rob Dubas has joined KPB as the Illegal Dump Free Program Coordinator. Dubas will help facilitate their Illegal Dump Free PA initiative across the state, working with local governments, communities, and enforcement agencies to identify and hold accountable individuals and businesses that choose to dump their trash illegally.
PA Environment Digest – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Wednesday announced Rob Dubas has joined KPB as the Illegal Dump Free Program Coordinator. Dubas will help facilitate their Illegal Dump Free PA initiative across the state, working with local governments, communities, and enforcement agencies to identify and hold accountable individuals and businesses that choose to dump their trash illegally. IllegalDumpFreePA.org is an innovative program launched in 2015 that provides surveillance camera loans, training and support to Pennsylvania municipalities and community groups.
Herald Standard – As the city of Monongahela recently learned, recycling isn’t as simple as asking residents to drop off televisions and tires at a central location. On April 30, hard-to-recycle items were left at designated areas in Monongahela for pickup by the state. However, when officials learned the items wouldn’t be picked up right away, it resulted in a pile of tires and electronics at the city’s Chess Park. During the next two days, a group of council members and residents helped to collect the refuse and dispose of it.
11 News WPXI – The tireless work continues to clean up illegal dumping sites across Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. The continued use of these sites, has some local leaders considering a new solution.
Target 11’s most recent investigation into illegal dumping took us to a lot in Larimer. Neighbors there are working hard trying to keep their streets clean, but new tire dumps keep appearing.
PA Environment Digest Blog – An article by Keep PA Beautiful President Shannon Reiter on Convenient, Affordable Trash Disposal and Recycling is featured in the April PA Boroughs Association news magazine. Reiter points out while it will be 30 years this year since the passage of the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act, many Pennsylvania residents still do not have access to regular trash disposal services. She said the time is now to take a comprehensive approach to addressing the state’s waste and recycling needs and establish a network of convenience centers to ensure universal access to waste and recycling services.
Fox 43 – HARRISBURG, P.A. — Public Works Director Aaron Johnson said his department is “sick and tired of being sick and tired.” He said his staff is being outnumbered by the number of illegal dumpers in the city. Johnson says it’s getting to a point where they will clean a site and less than a week later — it’s as if they never cleaned it in the first place. “We need to take this illegal dumping serious because it’s become a plague,” said Johnson. He said illegal dumping is happening at an “irritating” rate in alleyways, open lots and in front of residential areas.