Category Archives: In The News

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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Keep PA Beautiful: 4 Pittsburgh Men Cited For Illegal Dumping

PA Environment Digest BlogKeep 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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28 Fewer Illegal Dumpsites In Northeast PA Thanks To PEC, Partners & Many Volunteers

PA Environment Digest Blog -The PA Environmental Council’s Community Illegal Dumpsite Cleanup Program returned to action this spring, as nearly 200 local volunteers hauled away upwards of 46 tons of waste and debris from sites across northeastern Pennsylvania. In all, PEC’s partners and volunteers eradicated 28 illegal dumpsites during April and May. Participants donated more than 900 hours of their time to remove a total of:
— 26.13 tons of trash
— 2.31 tons of assorted metals
— 1,377 tires weighing 20.13 tons

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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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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