Category Archives: In The News

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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Illegal dumping focus of forest campaign

TheRecordHerald.com – FAYETTEVILLE — One of the most beautiful assets our region has is Michaux State Forest. Located along Route 233 between South Mountain and Pine Grove Furnace, the land offers recreation and wooded respite from the trappings of urban and suburban life. But the forested region also harbors a dirty little secret: trash. “Illegal dumping is a serious problem,” said Michaux State Forest Ranger Todd Ottinger.

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Don’t look now, but Fawn is keeping an eye on illegal dumping

Trib Live -Fawn Township is about to go high-tech in trying to combat illegal dumping in the township. The township will employ cameras at one of several locations throughout the community where dumping has occurred, according to supervisors Chairman David Montanari and Township Secretary Pam Ponsart. Ponsart said the set of three cameras was made available to the township by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, the state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. The organizations are volunteer-based groups dedicated to improving the environment and quality of life throughout the state and the country.

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Speakers series features program on illegal dumping

GoErie.com – CALEDONIA – The South Mountain Speakers Series is an annual lecture series hosted by the South Mountain Partnership that engages the public in dialogue about conservation challenges facing the South Mountain landscape. The next free program will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at Caledonia State Park, park office conference room, and will highlight efforts underway to fight illegal dumping and vandalism in the region.

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Speakers series features program on illegal dumping

Go Erie – CALEDONIA – The South Mountain Speakers Series is an annual lecture series hosted by the South Mountain Partnership that engages the public in dialogue about conservation challenges facing the South Mountain landscape. The next free program will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at Caledonia State Park, park office conference room, and will highlight efforts underway to fight illegal dumping and vandalism in the region.

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