Category Archives: In The News

Progressland Person of the Week: Haines talks trash on a daily basis

(October 13, 2015) – The ProgressTrash talking is all in a day’s work for Chuck Haines, Clearfield County’s solid waste enforcement officer.
Haines said he served as Philipsburg Borough’s code enforcement officer for three years before assuming the county position in the spring. Working with Centre County’s Solid Waste department prepared him for his current position of investigating complaints of illegal dumping in 40 county municipalities.

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Attorney General Charges Bucks County Man With Illegal Dumping

(September 21, 2015) – PA Environment Digest – Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane Monday announced criminal charges have been filed against a Bucks County man following an investigation by the Office of Attorney General’s Environmental Crimes Unit.

David J. Gawronski, 26, 2341 Hill Road, Sellersville, Bucks County, is charged with three counts of unlawful conduct in connection with alleged violations of the Solid Waste Management Act.

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New, Affordable Way to Stop Illegal Dumping

(July 29, 2015) – We Are Central – Windber, Cambria County, PA – Community members from both Cambria and Somerset Counties gathered in Windber Tuesday night to learn about a new, affordable way they can clean up their town.
Honan Avenue Trail may now be clean, but it was once an illegal dumping site, one of thousands in Pennsylvania. The latest count of dumpsites across the state was up to 6,500.

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Pennsylvania Officials Cracking Down on Illegal Dumping

(July 24, 2015) – 16 WNEP The News Station – LUZERNE COUNTY — Illegal dumping has plagued parts of northeastern and central Pennsylvania for years.  It causes an eyesore for communities and attracts unwanted pests, but a new statewide program is trying to change that.

Many drivers in Luzerne County are familiar with seeing random piles of debris dumped illegally, like here off Biscontini Road in Wilkes-Barre. It’s full of garbage piles and liquor bottles.

“It’s nasty. There’s mosquitos. There’s–it just causes a lot of problems for everyone, I think,” said Barbara James of Swoyersville.

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DEP to Provide Surveillance Kits for Illegal Dumping ‘Nightmare’ Areas

(July 27, 2015) – Tribune Democrat – Kathy Semelsberger knows well the struggle to combat illegal dumping. As Susquehanna Township secretary, she fields complaints and concerns. But it affects her on a personal level, too.

The more than 140 acres she owns in Elder Township are scenic, sprawling land – but they also are a common target for less responsible folks who toss mattresses, tires and other debris in the woods.

“It’s a nightmare,” she said.

“They just dump it and leave, and it’s just a mess – nonstop. Winter is worst. They’ll leave deer carcasses, too.”

On her property, Semelsberger is going to try gating some areas.

Another local effort, which the township may qualify for, would put cameras at illegal dump sites to catch perpetrators, day or night.


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Dumping Surveillance Information Session

(July 20, 2015) – Daily American – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is partnering with the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and Lift Johnstown to hold an informational meeting July 28 in Windber, on Illegal Dump Free PA, a program that provides community resources to fight illegal dumping in Pennsylvania, for stakeholders in Bedford, Cambria and Somerset counties.

The meeting is open to the public and will start at 4:30 p.m. at the Windber Community Building gym at 1605 Graham Ave., Windber.


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State Begins Clearing Illegal Dump Sites in Carbon

(Jul 15, 2015) – The Morning Call -A state-hired cleanup company Tuesday began clearing construction and demolition material that authorities say was illegally dumped in Carbon County by a Northampton County company.

The state Department of Environmental Protection says the cleanup crew visited Torco Supply off Riverview Road in East Penn Township and a government-owned building off Route 895, also in East Penn.

The two properties are among seven sites on which MS Recycling of Lower Mount Bethel Township dumped items, according to the DEP.

MS owner Michael Lee Stine was ordered last October to clean up the sites but did not do it. The state hired a contractor to do the work at a cost of no more than $68,000. That money comes from the state’s solid waste abatement fund, a fund paid into by businesses fined for environmental violations.

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Man Illegally Dumps Trash Into Park Receptacle, Police Say

(July 12, 2015) – Lehigh Valley Live – A Washington Township man was cited after dumping personal garbage into a trash receptacle at Washington Borough Park.

Larry Birnholz, 54, allegedly threw out garbage shortly after 7 p.m. July 1 at Washington Borough Park. Washington Township police were dispatched to the scene for a report of a nuisance, a police news release states.

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Officials Seek Solutions to Illegal Dumping

(July 10, 2015) – Wayne Independent – TEXAS TWP. – Illegal dumping has been an ongoing issue on Bucks Cove Road, with tons of environmentally-hazardous materials being toss over embankments that lead to parts of the Lackawaxen River.

Township officials are looking to put a stop to the problem with the installation of surveillance cameras, which Texas hopes to obtained as part of a statewide initiative to curb illegal dumping.

“We have to do something,” said township Supervisor Allan Wickle.

The supervisor noted illegal dumping has been occurring for years at multiple sections of Bucks Cove Road, a dirt and gravel road that stretches through a wooded area for about three miles, from White Mills Road to Erie Street.

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Nonprofit, Task Force Targeting Hazelwood Litter

(July 2, 2015) – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette –During the past six months, workers have removed close to 50 tons of garbage from Hazelwood.

It’s part of a more encompassing initiative by Allegheny Cleanways, a nonprofit organization, to end illegal dumping and clean up county neighborhoods.

Since January, workers have cleaned close to two-thirds of Hazelwood. But there are still dump sites — filled with tires, old soda cans and blue plastic bags — that they hope to get to before December.

During a news conference Wednesday, Pittsburgh Councilman Corey O’Connor said he was grateful for the partnership between Allegheny Cleanways and the Hazelwood Initiative Blight Task Force.

“We don’t have the ability to do all this work,” he said. “So it’s great when organizations like this go the extra mile.”

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