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.
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.
STAMFORD, Conn. (Jan. 23, 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.
usnews.com -Philadelphia City Council is stiffening laws to curb illegal dumping. In a bill approved Monday, council raised the fine for dumping from between $100 to $300 to $1,000 for a first offense. A second offense brings up to $1,500 and a third offense up to a $2,000 fine. Those who do the dumping could also be forced to clean up their mess under the new measure.
PA Environment Digest – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Tuesday announced four men from the Pittsburgh area have been cited for illegally dumping trash in Allegheny County. Brian Sindorf (37) of East McKeesport, and Eric Ruble (47) of Wilmerding were cited for Littering and Scattering Rubbish by Officer Michael Havens, Jr. of Allegheny County Police. Sindorf was fined $296, Ruble was fined $445, while the other two men are awaiting summary trial.
PA Environment Digest Blog – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Tuesday announced four men from the Pittsburgh area have been cited for illegally dumping trash in Allegheny County. Brian Sindorf (37) of East McKeesport, and Eric Ruble (47) of Wilmerding were cited for Littering and Scattering Rubbish by Officer Michael Havens, Jr. of Allegheny County Police. Sindorf was fined $296, Ruble was fined $445, while the other two men are awaiting summary trial.
PA Environment Digest Blog -The PA Environmental Council’s Community Illegal Dumpsite Cleanup Program returned to action this spring, as nearly 200 local volunteers hauled away upwards of 46 tons of waste and debris from sites across northeastern Pennsylvania. In all, PEC’s partners and volunteers eradicated 28 illegal dumpsites during April and May. Participants donated more than 900 hours of their time to remove a total of:
— 26.13 tons of trash
— 2.31 tons of assorted metals
— 1,377 tires weighing 20.13 tons
(June 17, 2016) – Your Erie – The city of Erie is asking for your help identifying a man caught illegally dumping a couch.
Durst Trucking’s surveillance cameras caught the crime on camera.
A man pulled up and removed a couch from his SUV and left it on Durst’s property.
Andy Zimmerman, city code enforcement manger, said the lot between Durst, 3223 Poplar St., and Carrara Steel is a common dumping ground.
(May 2, 2016) – PA Environment Digest -Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Wednesday announced the addition of two new members to its staff, Fred Siekkinen and Dana Rockwell, to help bolster its fight against illegal dumping across the state.
“Fred and Dana share the values and vision of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and will serve as great resources to the organization and the communities we serve. The combination of their experience and expertise will provide great insight as we advance the Illegal Dump Free PA Program and our mission to empower Pennsylvanians to make our communities clean and beautiful. Both bring a fresh perspective and I know they will be assets to the organization as we move forward,” states Shannon Reiter, President of Keep PA Beautiful.
Fred Siekkinen recently joined the KPB staff in the position of Enforcement Support Field Operative. Siekkinen retired from the Department of Environmental Protection as an Environmental Protection Specialist/Investigator.
(January 22, 2016) – The Record Herald – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s surveillance camera loan program has resulted in over 30 convictions for illegal dumping in communities, state forests and recycling drop off centers over the last year.
In 2015, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful launched the IllegalDumpFreePA.org website to put in one place the community resources needed to fight illegal dumping. It includes a Municipalities Toolkit with sample letters to magistrates and media releases aimed at preventing and stopping illegal dumping at the local level.