Category Archives: Press Releases

Two Men Cited on Crackdown of Illegal Dumping in the City of Arnold

(December 14, 2018) – Mitchell C Swann (age 53) and Harold J Lee (age 52) were both cited by City of Arnold code officer Scott Ponteri for illegal dumping.  Swann was found guilty of scattering rubbish for dumping debris from a contractor job into an abandoned lot on 9/13/2018. He paid a fine and cleaned up his trash.  Lee was found guilty of dumping furniture and other household items on 9/26/18.  He paid a fine plus $150 restitution to reimburse the city for removing what he had dumped.  Both cases were heard by the Honorable Frank J Pallone, Jr.

According to Officer Ponteri, “The cameras are working as a great deterrent and dumping has decreased at the site.  We’re happy to be working with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful to turn around the dumping problem the city has been dealing with the past few years.”  In addition to the KPB camera loan, Officer Ponteri and the city of Arnold have stepped up other efforts to curb trash, including deploying additional cameras at different locations that had been donated by a resident.

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Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Welcomes Staff to Coordinate Illegal Dump Free PA Initiative

(June 13, 2018) – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is pleased to announce the new hire of Rob Dubas who joined the team as a Program Coordinator.  Dubas will help facilitate their Illegal Dump Free PA initiative across the state, working with local governments, communities, and enforcement agencies to identify and hold accountable individuals and businesses that choose to dump their trash illegally. IllegalDumpFreePA.org is an innovative program launched in 2015 that provides surveillance camera loans, training and support to Pennsylvania municipalities and community groups.

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Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and Elk County Solid Waste Authority to Host Municipal Waste, Recycling and Enforcement Forum in Elk County

(May 1, 2018) – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and Elk County Solid Waste Authority are hosting a forum on May 31 for regional, state and local officials to share ideas concerning the management of waste and recycling and enforcement of illegal dumping and littering in Pennsylvania. Those who should attend include municipal and county officials, recycling coordinators, enforcement partners and interested community stakeholders that are working to address proper management of waste and recycling in their communities.

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Keep America Beautiful Recognizes Pennsylvania Environmental Officer with National Law Enforcement Award

(February 5, 2018) – Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2018, presented Edward “Todd” Ottinger, a Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Ranger, with a 2017 Environmental Officer Award at Keep America Beautiful’s National Awards Ceremony. The National Awards were presented during Keep America Beautiful’s recent National Conference in Dallas, Texas.

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Keep America Beautiful Recognizes Pennsylvania Environmental Officer with National Law Enforcement Award

STAMFORD, Conn. (Jan. 23, 2018) – Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2018, presented Edward “Todd” Ottinger, a Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Ranger, with a 2017 Environmental Officer Award at Keep America Beautiful’s National Awards Ceremony. The National Awards were presented during Keep America Beautiful’s recent National Conference in Dallas, Texas.

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Four Pittsburgh Men Cited for Illegal Dumping – Evidence Acquired from Loaned Cameras from Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful

(August 15, 2017) – 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 Pennsylvania Beautiful Welcomes Staff to Coordinate Illegal Dump Free PA Initiative

(February 23, 2016) – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is pleased to announce the new hire of Aaron Semasko who joined the team to help facilitate their Illegal Dump Free PA initiative across the state.  Semasko will work with local governments, communities, and enforcement agencies to identify and hold accountable individuals and businesses that choose to dump their trash illegally, through IllegalDumpFreePA.org, an innovative program launched in 2015 that provides surveillance camera loans, training and support to Pennsylvania municipalities and community groups.

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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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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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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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