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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

senatorscavello.com – 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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Philly’s dirtiest blocks get surveillance cameras as city steps up fight against illegal dumping

WHYY – Surveillance cameras are coming to Philadelphia neighborhoods as part of a plan to make illegal dumpers pay for their trashy behavior. The Streets Department has installed 15 cameras on North Philadelphia corridors plagued by  large-scale litterers, who leave construction debris, mattresses, tires and other trash — blocking sidewalks, lowering property values and creating health hazards. By summer, city officials expect to install 35 more cameras on problem corridors citywide. The plan calls for 100 cameras installed per year.

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KPB: Two Men Cited In Crackdown On Illegal Dumping In Arnold, Westmoreland County

PA Environment Digest Blog – On December 14, Keep PA Beautiful announced two individuals were cited for illegal dumping by the City of Arnold in Westmoreland County with the help of its Surveillance Camera Loan Program. 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.

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Arnold code officer draws praise from landlords

Triblive.com – It’s not every day a municipal code enforcement officer get applause at a city council meeting — especially from the landlords he polices. But Arnold’s Scott Ponteri got just that, and a bump up from part-time to full-time status. Ponteri drew plaudits from rental property owner Ben Davis and several other landlords on hand at Arnold’s city council meeting this week.

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Allegheny County has a massive illegal dump problem. Could $1 million solve this problem for good?

Public Source – In a cul-de-sac in Homewood recently, Al Chernov and Dani Kramer were tossing various kinds of trash into garbage bins. Couch cushions, a scale, paint cans. Suddenly, Kramer shouted, “Needles!” Whenever the pair finds a hypodermic needle, they usually don’t just find one; they find several. Chernov, 52, and Kramer, 31, are the only two employees who pick up trash, part time, for Allegheny CleanWays, a nonprofit that specializes in cleaning up the millions of pounds of junk that have been illegally discarded across Allegheny County. The nonprofit focuses on sites with at least 50 pounds of trash, not small pieces of litter. They pick up garbage on private land and dangerous hillsides where city workers aren’t allowed to go.

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Litterers will be sentenced to pick up trash

GoErie.com – A new state law will make those who dump rubbish responsible for picking it up — and picking up more besides.  Legislation signed into law last week by Gov. Tom Wolf also will make litterers pay another price — increased fines of up to $1,000.  Act 62 of 2018 additionally allows highway officials to designate areas as litter enforcement corridors. Fines for dumping rubbish in those areas will be doubled. Businesses dumping rubbish in a litter enforcement corridor will pay triple fines.  “When you look at all of the trash along our roads, it’s clear that fines alone are not enough to deter this crime,” state Sen. Mario Scavello, a Monroe County Republican, said in a statement. Scavello was the prime sponsor of the new law.

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