All posts by Barb Smerkar

Collaborative effort to address electronic and tire recycling problem

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.

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Hundreds of illegal dump sites found across Allegheny County

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.

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Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and Elk County Solid Waste Authority to Host Municipal Waste, Recycling and Enforcement Forum in Elk County

(May 1, 2018) – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and Elk County Solid Waste Authority are hosting a forum on May 31 for regional, state and local officials to share ideas concerning the management of waste and recycling and enforcement of illegal dumping and littering in Pennsylvania. Those who should attend include municipal and county officials, recycling coordinators, enforcement partners and interested community stakeholders that are working to address proper management of waste and recycling in their communities.

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Convenient, Affordable Trash Disposal and Recycling

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.

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Harrisburg public works officials want stricter ordinance against illegal dumping

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.

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Keep America Beautiful Recognizes Pennsylvania Environmental Officer with National Law Enforcement Award

(February 5, 2018) – Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2018, presented Edward “Todd” Ottinger, a Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Ranger, with a 2017 Environmental Officer Award at Keep America Beautiful’s National Awards Ceremony. The National Awards were presented during Keep America Beautiful’s recent National Conference in Dallas, Texas.

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Keep America Beautiful Recognizes Pennsylvania Environmental Officer with National Law Enforcement Award

STAMFORD, Conn. (Jan. 23, 2018) – Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2018, presented Edward “Todd” Ottinger, a Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Ranger, with a 2017 Environmental Officer Award at Keep America Beautiful’s National Awards Ceremony. The National Awards were presented during Keep America Beautiful’s recent National Conference in Dallas, Texas.

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Keep America Beautiful Recognizes Pennsylvania Environmental Officer with National Law Enforcement Award

STAMFORD, Conn. (Jan. 23, 2018) – Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2018, presented Edward “Todd” Ottinger, a Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Ranger, with a 2017 Environmental Officer Award at Keep America Beautiful’s National Awards Ceremony. The National Awards were presented during Keep America Beautiful’s recent National Conference in Dallas, Texas.

Philadelphia City Council Toughens Illegal Dumping Penalties

usnews.com -Philadelphia City Council is stiffening laws to curb illegal dumping. In a bill approved Monday, council raised the fine for dumping from between $100 to $300 to $1,000 for a first offense. A second offense brings up to $1,500 and a third offense up to a $2,000 fine. Those who do the dumping could also be forced to clean up their mess under the new measure.

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Keep PA Beautiful: 4 Pittsburgh Men Cited For Illegal Dumping

PA Environment DigestKeep Pennsylvania Beautiful Tuesday announced four men from the Pittsburgh area have been cited for illegally dumping trash in Allegheny County.  Brian Sindorf (37) of East McKeesport, and Eric Ruble (47) of Wilmerding were cited for Littering and Scattering Rubbish by Officer Michael Havens, Jr. of Allegheny County Police.  Sindorf was fined $296, Ruble was fined $445, while the other two men are awaiting summary trial.

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