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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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Michaux State Forest Fights Illegal Dumping with the help of Surveillance Cameras provided by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful

(December 8, 2015)KPB Press Release – Michaux State Forest in Adams, Cumberland and Franklin counties has recently increased efforts to catch and identify illegal dumpers and hold them accountable. This year, the state forest installed several sets of surveillance cameras along their roads and trails. One camera set is on loan from Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful as part of their Illegal Dump Free PA program, a community resource for fighting illegal dumping locally. With evidence obtained from the hidden cameras, Alex J. Cline (10/19/95) was issued a citation and is awaiting plea for scattering rubbish, Ronald Lee Kayhoe (7/28/47) was issued a citation and plead guilty for retrieval and disposition of killed or wounded game or wildlife and was fined $241, and Wayne Catron (10/25/57) was issued a citation and is awaiting plea for scattering rubbish.

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Wesleyville cracks down on illegal dumping

(December 3, 2015) – YourErie.com – Wesleyville is cracking down on illegal dumping.

More than a dozen people caught illegally dumping at a recycling facility, security camera footage catching it all.

It used to be a common sight to see old furniture, mattresses and electronics dumped at the Wesleyville Recycling Center. These items cannot be recycled and cost the borough money and man power to get rid of these items.

The borough became fed up with the violators and received a donation from Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful for three high quality surveillance cameras.

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Organization Notes Two Nabbed for Fouling Environment

(December 1, 2015) –  Observer Reporter – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, a nonprofit organization, and the Washington County Court system’s Furlough Into Service program marked their 100th illegal dump cleanup in Washington County this fall.

The work completed by this partnership since 2011 has been funded through the state Department of Community and Economic Development and the Washington County Commissioners’ Local Share Account of gambling proceeds from The Meadows Racetrack & Casino.

Dumping grounds have existed throughout Washington County for decades, plaguing roadways, hillsides and streams.

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Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Surveillance Cameras Catch Dumpers in Wesleyville Borough, Erie County

(December 2, 2015) – KPB Press Release – For years, residents of Wesleyville Borough 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.

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Keep PA Beautiful, Washington County Court Cleanup 100th Illegal Dump

(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.

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Progressland Person of the Week: Haines talks trash on a daily basis

(October 13, 2015) – The ProgressTrash talking is all in a day’s work for Chuck Haines, Clearfield County’s solid waste enforcement officer.
Haines said he served as Philipsburg Borough’s code enforcement officer for three years before assuming the county position in the spring. Working with Centre County’s Solid Waste department prepared him for his current position of investigating complaints of illegal dumping in 40 county municipalities.

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