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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 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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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 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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Attorney General Charges Bucks County Man With Illegal Dumping

(September 21, 2015) – PA Environment Digest – Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane Monday announced criminal charges have been filed against a Bucks County man following an investigation by the Office of Attorney General’s Environmental Crimes Unit.

David J. Gawronski, 26, 2341 Hill Road, Sellersville, Bucks County, is charged with three counts of unlawful conduct in connection with alleged violations of the Solid Waste Management Act.

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New, Affordable Way to Stop Illegal Dumping

(July 29, 2015) – We Are Central PA.com – Windber, Cambria County, PA – Community members from both Cambria and Somerset Counties gathered in Windber Tuesday night to learn about a new, affordable way they can clean up their town.
Honan Avenue Trail may now be clean, but it was once an illegal dumping site, one of thousands in Pennsylvania. The latest count of dumpsites across the state was up to 6,500.

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Pennsylvania Officials Cracking Down on Illegal Dumping

(July 24, 2015) – 16 WNEP The News Station – LUZERNE COUNTY — Illegal dumping has plagued parts of northeastern and central Pennsylvania for years.  It causes an eyesore for communities and attracts unwanted pests, but a new statewide program is trying to change that.

Many drivers in Luzerne County are familiar with seeing random piles of debris dumped illegally, like here off Biscontini Road in Wilkes-Barre. It’s full of garbage piles and liquor bottles.

“It’s nasty. There’s mosquitos. There’s–it just causes a lot of problems for everyone, I think,” said Barbara James of Swoyersville.

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DEP to Provide Surveillance Kits for Illegal Dumping ‘Nightmare’ Areas

(July 27, 2015) – Tribune Democrat – Kathy Semelsberger knows well the struggle to combat illegal dumping. As Susquehanna Township secretary, she fields complaints and concerns. But it affects her on a personal level, too.

The more than 140 acres she owns in Elder Township are scenic, sprawling land – but they also are a common target for less responsible folks who toss mattresses, tires and other debris in the woods.

“It’s a nightmare,” she said.

“They just dump it and leave, and it’s just a mess – nonstop. Winter is worst. They’ll leave deer carcasses, too.”

On her property, Semelsberger is going to try gating some areas.

Another local effort, which the township may qualify for, would put cameras at illegal dump sites to catch perpetrators, day or night.

 

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