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Penn Hills to use cameras to catch and prosecute illegal dumpers

Trib Live – Penn Hills officials hope three new cameras will help catch offenders at one of the municipality’s many illegal dump sites. Planning Director Chris Blackwell said his department applied for a grant last year from Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful that would allow the municipality to place cameras at one site to help catch dumpers in the act.The grant was accepted in January and Department of Public Works employees will be trained on how to use the cameras soon, he said.

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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 PA Beautiful Welcomes Rob Dubas To Coordinate Illegal Dump Free PA Initiative

PA Environment Digest Blog – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Wednesday announced Rob Dubas has joined KPB as the Illegal Dump Free 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.

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Keep PA Beautiful Welcomes Rob Dubas To Coordinate Illegal Dump Free PA Initiative

PA Environment Digest – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Wednesday announced Rob Dubas has joined KPB as the Illegal Dump Free 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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Collaborative effort to address electronic and tire recycling problem

Herald Standard – As the city of Monongahela recently learned, recycling isn’t as simple as asking residents to drop off televisions and tires at a central location. On April 30, hard-to-recycle items were left at designated areas in Monongahela for pickup by the state. However, when officials learned the items wouldn’t be picked up right away, it resulted in a pile of tires and electronics at the city’s Chess Park. During the next two days, a group of council members and residents helped to collect the refuse and dispose of it.

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Hundreds of illegal dump sites found across Allegheny County

11 News WPXI – The tireless work continues to clean up illegal dumping sites across Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. The continued use of these sites, has some local leaders considering a new solution.

Target 11’s most recent investigation into illegal dumping took us to a lot in Larimer. Neighbors there are working hard trying to keep their streets clean, but new tire dumps keep appearing.

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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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Convenient, Affordable Trash Disposal and Recycling

PA Environment Digest Blog – An article by Keep PA Beautiful President Shannon Reiter on Convenient, Affordable Trash Disposal and Recycling is featured in the April PA Boroughs Association news magazine. Reiter points out while it will be 30 years this year since the passage of the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act, many Pennsylvania residents still do not have access to regular trash disposal services. She said the time is now to take a comprehensive approach to addressing the state’s waste and recycling needs and establish a network of convenience centers to ensure universal access to waste and recycling services.

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Harrisburg public works officials want stricter ordinance against illegal dumping

Fox 43 – HARRISBURG, P.A. — Public Works Director Aaron Johnson said his department is “sick and tired of being sick and tired.” He said his staff is being outnumbered by the number of illegal dumpers in the city. Johnson says it’s getting to a point where they will clean a site and less than a week later — it’s as if they never cleaned it in the first place. “We need to take this illegal dumping serious because it’s become a plague,” said Johnson. He said illegal dumping is happening at an “irritating” rate in alleyways, open lots and in front of residential areas.

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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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