Category Archives: In The News

Dumping Surveillance Information Session

(July 20, 2015) – Daily American – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is partnering with the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and Lift Johnstown to hold an informational meeting July 28 in Windber, on Illegal Dump Free PA, a program that provides community resources to fight illegal dumping in Pennsylvania, for stakeholders in Bedford, Cambria and Somerset counties.

The meeting is open to the public and will start at 4:30 p.m. at the Windber Community Building gym at 1605 Graham Ave., Windber.

 

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State Begins Clearing Illegal Dump Sites in Carbon

(Jul 15, 2015) – The Morning Call -A state-hired cleanup company Tuesday began clearing construction and demolition material that authorities say was illegally dumped in Carbon County by a Northampton County company.

The state Department of Environmental Protection says the cleanup crew visited Torco Supply off Riverview Road in East Penn Township and a government-owned building off Route 895, also in East Penn.

The two properties are among seven sites on which MS Recycling of Lower Mount Bethel Township dumped items, according to the DEP.

MS owner Michael Lee Stine was ordered last October to clean up the sites but did not do it. The state hired a contractor to do the work at a cost of no more than $68,000. That money comes from the state’s solid waste abatement fund, a fund paid into by businesses fined for environmental violations.

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Man Illegally Dumps Trash Into Park Receptacle, Police Say

(July 12, 2015) – Lehigh Valley Live – A Washington Township man was cited after dumping personal garbage into a trash receptacle at Washington Borough Park.

Larry Birnholz, 54, allegedly threw out garbage shortly after 7 p.m. July 1 at Washington Borough Park. Washington Township police were dispatched to the scene for a report of a nuisance, a police news release states.

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Officials Seek Solutions to Illegal Dumping

(July 10, 2015) – Wayne Independent – TEXAS TWP. – Illegal dumping has been an ongoing issue on Bucks Cove Road, with tons of environmentally-hazardous materials being toss over embankments that lead to parts of the Lackawaxen River.

Township officials are looking to put a stop to the problem with the installation of surveillance cameras, which Texas hopes to obtained as part of a statewide initiative to curb illegal dumping.

“We have to do something,” said township Supervisor Allan Wickle.

The supervisor noted illegal dumping has been occurring for years at multiple sections of Bucks Cove Road, a dirt and gravel road that stretches through a wooded area for about three miles, from White Mills Road to Erie Street.

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Nonprofit, Task Force Targeting Hazelwood Litter

(July 2, 2015) – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette –During the past six months, workers have removed close to 50 tons of garbage from Hazelwood.

It’s part of a more encompassing initiative by Allegheny Cleanways, a nonprofit organization, to end illegal dumping and clean up county neighborhoods.

Since January, workers have cleaned close to two-thirds of Hazelwood. But there are still dump sites — filled with tires, old soda cans and blue plastic bags — that they hope to get to before December.

During a news conference Wednesday, Pittsburgh Councilman Corey O’Connor said he was grateful for the partnership between Allegheny Cleanways and the Hazelwood Initiative Blight Task Force.

“We don’t have the ability to do all this work,” he said. “So it’s great when organizations like this go the extra mile.”

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Environmental Group Launches Initiative to Help Municipalities Crack Down on Illegal Dumping

(March 27, 2015) – Pittsburgh PBS WESA-FM – Litterbugs beware: There might be someone watching you.

A Pennsylvania environmental group has launched a new initiative to provide municipalities with the equipment to catch people illegally dumping trash on camera.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, a volunteer-based environmental organization funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, will loan surveillance kits to municipalities that apply. The kits contain three cameras that can capture images of litterers and their license plates, even at night. Those images can then be used to prosecute offenders, who might face fines or jail time.

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Smart Talk: Spring Cleanup Time in PA

(March 16, 2015)  – WITF Live -Instead of grass, the first thing we see on the side of many Pennsylvania roads and waterways, once the snow has melted, is trash. Every year the first big thaw brings relief to drivers sick of ice and snow, but also reveals the toll that winter has taken on the state’s roads and highways.

The volunteers of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful are ready to take on the task of a spring cleanup. Originally launched by one woman and her local community in Westmoreland County to keep large and unwanted trash items off of their local roads, what has become Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is currently collaborating with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in an event called the Great American Cleanup.

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Keep PA Beautiful Launches Illegal Dump Surveillance Program

(March 16, 2015) – PA Environment Digest – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Thursday launched a new innovative program called IllegalDumpFreePA that will provide surveillance kits, training and online support to Pennsylvania municipalities to help them battle illegal dumping.

Illegal dumping is a statewide concern, according to a recent study commissioned by Keep PA Beautiful, the state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and sponsored by the Department of Environmental Protection.

Dumpsites can be found in every county – 6,500 at last count. Cleanups conducted by local municipalities are costly, averaging about $600 per ton, or roughly $3,000 per site, siphoning off tax dollars and staff resources.

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Keep PA Beautiful Launches IllegalDumpFreePA

(March 12, 2015) – PA Environment DigestKeep Pennsylvania Beautiful Thursday launched a new innovative program called IllegalDumpFreePA that will provide surveillance kits, training and online support to Pennsylvania municipalities to help them battle illegal dumping.

Illegal dumping is a state-wide concern, according to a recent study commissioned by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, the state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and sponsored by the Department of Environmental Protection.