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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.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Looking for Illegal Dumps

(March 11, 2015) – Clarion Today – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful today 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 (KPB), the state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful
and sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
(DEP). Dumpsites can be found in every county – 6,500 at last count.

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Keep PA Beautiful Launches Illegal Dump Surveillance Program

(March 18, 2015) – Newville Valley Times Star On Line – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful launched a new innovative program called IllegalDumpFreePA last week 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 Pennsylvania Beautiful (KPB), the state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). 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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OUR VIEW Spy on sites to prosecute trash dumpers

(March 10, 2015) – Times Leader -Would it be a good idea …

… for communities in Luzerne County to borrow surveillance equipment intended to help catch people in the act of illegally dumping trash?

Ugly heaps – often containing old appliances, truck tires, construction debris and other junk – dot too many landscapes in the county, including certain stream banks and wetlands. Statewide, the Keep America Beautiful affiliate has tallied 6,500 makeshift garbage dumps where scofflaws routinely deposit debris, spoiling the scenery and potentially poisoning the soil and water.

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