All posts by Barb Smerkar

Park Rangers Trying To Stop Illegal Dumping In Laurel Ridge State Park

KDKA 2 Pittsburgh News – ROCKWOOD, Pa. (KDKA) – Instead of taking their trash to a landfill, people have been taking their trash to Laurel Ridge State Park. And the park isn’t happy about it.  Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail shared pictures of trucks that have been photographed driving and dumping trash into the area.  They say that these photos of illegal dumping were taken on Laurel Ridge State park near Decker Avenue.

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Greater illegal dumping surveillance paying off big for Philly

The Philadelphia Tribune – Kelly O’Day is a retired wastewater engineer who tracks illegal dumping in Philadelphia in his spare time. There is no shortage of abandoned mattresses, old tires and plastic junk for the self-styled trash detective to sleuth. But Wednesday, the Mount Airy man took a break from the dirty streets to celebrate a win. After years of struggling to enforce city laws against illegal dumping, Philadelphia has taken 14 cases of illegal dumping to trial in the last five months. The cases, enabled by 50 new hidden street cameras, represent a milestone for the Kenney administration’s crackdown on illegal dumping.

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Police seek owner, operator of truck involved in illegal dumping in East Pennsboro Township

Fox 43 -CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa. — Police are seeking the owner and/or operator of a truck involved in illegal dumping in East Pennsboro Township. Police say the red Chevrolet dump truck illegally dumped rubbish (cinder blocks, re-bar and broken glass) down an embankment in the 600 block of Front Street.  Anyone with information should contact the township police department at 717-732-3633 or submit a tip here.

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Coatesville approves police contract

Lancaster Online –  (Towards end of article) – Assistant City Manager James Logan said he will apply for a Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful grant after a citizen complaint of illegal dumping earlier this month. Logan said if successful, the grant would pay for citizen education and cameras so the police department can monitor dumping hot spots.

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North Philadelphia residents fed up with illegal dumping

6 ABC Action News – PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Frustrated neighbors say they have been calling for months to Philadelphia’s 311 help number and have gotten little help.  Their problem: short dumping on adjoining vacant blocks of the 2400 blocks of Nassau, Bolton and Redner Streets in the Sharswood section of North Philadelphia.  There is a lot of nearby demolition and construction sites and neighbors think waste from some sites is being illegally dumped on the vacant land.  Resident Jon Sanborn showed us around the sprawling piles of tires, bricks, furniture and lumber. He showed us videos shot from his home office window of beat up old trucks dumping loads of debris. He says it occurs several times a week.

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Bill Signing Ceremony Held for Scavello’s Anti-Littering Bill – Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) joined anti-littering advocates and Gov. Tom Wolf recently for a ceremonial signing into law of his bill to reduce littering.  Senate Bill 431, now Act 62 of 2018, requires that for a first offense of scattering rubbish, a person is required to pick up litter or illegally dumped trash for between five and 30 hours within six months, in addition to the existing fine of $50 to $300. For a second or subsequent offense, the offender may also be required to pick up litter or illegally dumped trash for 30 to 100 hours over one year, in addition to the existing fine of $300 to $1,000. Representatives of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau were on hand January 30 to see the bill signed into law.

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1Thing: Litterbugs Pick Up and Pay Up in PA

KYW News Radio – Litter is an eyesore and a health hazard, and so commonplace it’s easy to forget that it’s against the law – a tougher law this year.  Dropping debris along or near Pennsylvania roadways carries a stiffer penalty in 2019. There are still fines for getting caught trashing roadways ($50 to $300 and up to $1,000 for repeat offenders), but PA Act 62 also requires a convicted litterbug to pick up litter or illegally dumped junk for five to 30 hours within six months. In addition to the increased fines and community service, imprisonment for up to 90 days is an “and/or” possibility too.

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York woman facing fines after someone illegally dumps trash on her property

Fox 43 – The City of York  is dealing with illegal dumping issues. Juanita Valle, who lives on East King Street says someone has been throwing bulk items in her backyard for the last few months and now she’s paying fines for not cleaning it up.  Valle says everything from TV’s, bed frames, tires and most recently a mattress  have been dumped in the back alley of her home.

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Cameras help nab illegal dumpers in Arnold

Trib Live – Surveillance cameras loaned to the city of Arnold from Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful led to charges against two men officials say were illegally dumping trash earlier this year. Mitchell C. Swann, 53, of Arnold and Harold J. Lee, 52, of New Kensington were cited by Arnold Code Officer Scott Ponteri for illegal dumping, a statement from Keep PA Beautiful said.Swann was found guilty of scattering rubbish for dumping debris from a contractor job into an abandoned lot Sept. 13. He paid a fine and cleaned up his trash, the organization said.

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Trash bag dumper fined in the City of Reading

(December 20, 2018) – Wilfredo Soto Torres (age 56) was cited by City of Reading Police Officer Devin Hasenauer for illegally dumping a large number of black plastic bags on 9/24/18.  Soto Torres was found guilty by Magisterial District Judge Kyley L Scott of depositing waste on a roadway in the City of Reading and paid a fine of $300 plus costs for a total penalty of $416.50.
“I am glad to be working with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful on this program,” says Kevin Lugo, Sustainability & Solid Waste Manager for the City of Reading. “Illegal dumping puts litter in our neighborhoods, can be a health hazard, and costs the city thousands of dollars to clean up. Dumping is an eyesore in our community and directly affects residents and businesses who find garbage piled on their property. Our community does not tolerate illegal dumping. If you witness illegal dumping or find a dump site, please let the City know by reporting it through iRequest or calling 877-727-3234.”

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