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Officials: Increase In Vandalism, Littering At Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

DailyVoice.com -Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area officials are seeing an increase in the number of illegal dumping and vandalism incidences throughout the park in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

A total of 13 incidents of vandalism have been reported at the park so far this year, which include breaking windows and doors, cutting locks, marking graffiti and causing other property damage — up from just two incidents during the same period last year, officials said in a Facebook post Thursday.

Several incidents of household trash being dumped in the park, including furniture and building supplies, have also been reported, officials said.

“These incidents damage park resources and they take staff away from other important duties that serve the public,” the post read.

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Rangers see increase in vandalism, illegal dumping at Delaware Water Gap

wnep.com – PIKE COUNTY, Pa. — Sofas tossed by streams, household construction debris dumped in the woods, and windows broken.

These are just a few examples of the vandalism park rangers and visitors at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area have been seeing and snapping pictures of over the past month.

All of this is happening during a time when national parks are one of the few places people can enjoy because so much is closed during the coronavirus outbreak.

“I’m just totally devastated to hear this because this is the most beautiful place in the world,” Lauryn Deleeuw of Lords Valley said.

Park officials said over the past month they’ve had to deal with 13 reports of vandalism. By comparison, during the same time last year, there were only two cases of vandalism.

“I think it’s a sign of the times, though. It’s definitely the virus and everything else. People are bored,” Deleeuw said.

In a post on social media, rangers reported that some people were even throwing out their own household trash at bins in the park. That was quickly cleaned up.

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Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful providing residents with an option to report illegal dumping that is on the rise due to Covid-19

South Pittsburgh Reporter -As an unintended consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, state parks, state forests, game lands and communities are seeing an increase in littering, including personal protective equipment such as gloves, wipes, and masks as well as an increase of larger items being dumped.

If you come across an illegal dumpsite, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful wants you to report it as part of their Illegal Dump Free PA Program, https://illegaldumpfreepa.org/report-it/.

Dumpsite information will be logged and shared with local enforcement authorities, as well as local affiliates and state agency and other partners. Photos can be included in the report. Contact information of those reporting a site will be kept confidential. You can also report graffiti through this online form.

Documenting illegal dumpsites is a critical step in educating people about illegal dumping on our lands and waters and ultimately in helping to restore the natural beauty of our state which is a priority for Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and our many partners.

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More visitors means more trash, waste at area parks

The Times Tribune – SCRANTON — Lauren Holleran has regularly taken her dogs to the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail in Scranton over the past three years.

But in the past few weeks, the 55-year-old Green Ridge resident has noticed more than blossoming flowers and budding trees. She says others on the trail haven’t been conscientious about cleaning up after their canines.

“People are not picking up the poop, and that’s a bad thing,” she said. “It’s terrible because my dogs go right to it.”

A combination of warm weather and cabin fever because of stay-at-home orders from the governor has brought more people to area walking trails, but the influx of people means an increase in dog waste and other unsightly litter. The issue isn’t unique to the heritage trail, which stretches through Luzerne, Lackawanna, Susquehanna and Wayne counties.

Pennsylvania American Water announced plans to close part of the walking path around Lake Scranton starting Monday. A recent uptick in trail use has led to more litter along the trail and unsafe conditions for trail users and utility employees, according to a statement the utility company issued Friday.

Terry Brady, press secretary for the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, believes the increase in visitors and a decrease in staffing has led to some of the littering problems at parks across the state. He added that the littering issue seems to have gotten better in recent weeks.

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Illegal dumping on the rise during pandemic

The Bradford Era – As an unintended consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, state parks, state forests, game lands and communities are seeing an increase in littering, including personal protective equipment such as gloves, wipes, and masks as well as an increase of larger items being dumped.

If you come across an illegal dumpsite, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful wants you to report it as part of their Illegal Dump Free PA Program, https://illegaldumpfreepa.org/report-it/.

Dumpsite information will be logged and shared with local enforcement authorities, as well as local affiliates and state agency and other partners. Photos can be included in the report. Contact information of those reporting a site will be kept confidential. You can also report graffiti through this online form.

Many trash haulers have temporarily suspended recycling programs and large or bulky item pick-up because of worker safety and other limitations. Most, if not all bulky waste pick-ups and special collections of electronics, tires and appliances have been postponed until late summer or fall.

The increased litter and dumping puts an undue strain on the already reduced staff at state and municipal parks and recreation departments across the state. Responding to and cleaning up illegally dumped trash is taking up valuable time and resources that could be put to much better use during the COVID-19 crisis.

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A happy ending in story of elderly couple who were victims of illegal dumpers

The Morning Call -A lot of people were outraged last week when I wrote about the plight of an elderly Upper Macungie couple who repeatedly have been victims of illegal dumping. Scott Clark was among them. And he was in a position to do something about it.  Clark owns Dr. Clutter, an Allentown moving and junk removal company. Early Wednesday morning, he and three of his employees drove two trucks to Will Mayo’s property, a wooded lot on Reppert Lane. Months ago, some degenerate dropped there a load of soggy furniture and assorted nastiness in the middle of the night.

Keep PA Beautiful: Illegal Dumping Caught In Dauphin County; Free Surveillance Camera Loan Program Available

PA Environment Digest Blog -Cameras made available through the Keep PA Beautiful Surveillance Camera Loan Program caught illegal dumping of electronics waste as it happened at a Recycling Center in Millersburg Borough, Dauphin County.

The perpetrators were caught and cited for illegal dumping and were ordered to pay a fine and restitution.
Leaving items at recycling facilities that are not accepted is considered theft of service or illegal dumping.
Illegal dumping is not only encourages more dumping and is detrimental to the environment. It also imposes a financial burden on our local municipalities, as they are often the ones left to clean up the mess.
(Photo: Actual surveillance photo.)

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‘We will catch you’: Michaux cameras focus on illegal dumping

ABC 27 News -FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) – Michaux State Forest has been plagued by illegal dumping for decades, but patrolling the land for those responsible has been a struggle — until now. Cameras have been placed to catch the criminals in the act. Assistant forest manager Michelle Blevins says photos of license plates and faces will provide the evidence they need to file charges, and officials get help identifying suspects when the photos are posted to social media.

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Study shows Pa. residents hoarding, illegally dumping

The Bradford Era – A survey of 7,000 American hoarders, conducted recently by Servicemaster of Lake Shore, Ill., determined that the average person hoards a lot of stuff, and from there illegal dumping becomes an issue. The cleaning and restoration service company found that US residents are hoarding almost $50 billion worth of unused goods, which is on average the equivalent of $390.16 per household. In Pennsylvania, it was found that people are hoarding $394.74 worth of items per household, which is the equivalent of $1.9 billion worth overall in the state. Additionally, a whopping 76% of Pennsylvanians admit that their unused goods are a fire hazard.

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