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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Allegheny County Men Convicted of Illegal Dumping Trash

(June 18, 2015) – KPB Press Release –  Three Allegheny County men have received written citations for illegally dumping trash. Charles Gilbert Scott (65) of Braddock, Michael Paul Leese (33) of Pittsburgh and Terrell Montgomery (46) of Pittsburgh were found guilty of littering on three separate occasions by the Honorable Jeffrey A. Manning. Scott was fined $96, Leese was fined $571 and Montgomery was fines $371. In all instances the arresting officer was Detective Matthew A. Lebedda from the Pittsburgh Police Department. A fourth person, Daniel Schweikart (44) of Pittsburgh, was issued a written citation by Pittsburgh’s Anti-Litter Coordinator Melissa Rosenfeld for littering and dumping by vehicle. The case is awaiting plea.

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Allegheny County Men Convicted of Illegal Dumping

(July 9, 2014) – KPB Press Release – On July 3, 2014, Michael Paul Leese, 32 and Terrell Montgomery, 45, both from Pittsburgh, were found guilty of illegal dumping debris from an excavac vehicle in the Larimer section of Pittsburgh by the Honorable Jeffery A. Manning. Leese was fined $500 plus court fees and Montgomery was fined $300 plus court fees. Both parties have 30 days to appeal.

The City of Pittsburgh has recently increased efforts to identify illegal dumpers and hold them accountable. This spring, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful donated high-tech surveillance cameras to the City of Pittsburgh to support enhanced enforcement efforts. The cameras are in addition to two cameras, purchased by Allegheny CleanWays through a grant from the Allegheny County Conservation District, that were donated to the City of Pittsburgh for surveillance of the city’s worst dumping areas in late 2013.

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Washington County Contractor Guilty of Illegally Dumping

(May 22, 2014) – KPB Press Release – Robert Semulka (9/9/1967) from Washington, PA plead guilty and was fined $2101.50 for illegally dumping trash at two locations in Canton Township. A third incident of dumping by Semulka, also in Canton Township, is awaiting an outcome. Evidence was found by Canton Township Code Enforcement Officer, Chris Hammett who traced it back to Semulka, a local contractor.

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Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’ Surveillance Support Program Aids in Illegal Dumping Convictions in Armstrong and Indiana Counties

(May 1, 2014) – KPB Press Release – As a result of increased enforcement measures in Armstrong and Indiana counties, there were two citations issued recently. On April 3, Thomas Jay Buchner of Lutheran Church Road in Spring Church, Armstrong County, was cited for scattering rubbish upon land and stream within Armstrong County. Buchner plead guilty, was ordered to clean up the dumped trash, pay for proper disposal, and was fined $241. The other incident occurred in Indiana County. The perpetrator was a juvenile.

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Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Donates Surveillance Cameras to City of Pittsburgh

(April 18, 2014) – KPB Press Release –  Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful has donated high-tech surveillance cameras to the City of Pittsburgh to support enhanced enforcement efforts surrounding the act of illegal dumping within the City limits. The high quality, motion activated, covert security cameras provide instant wireless transmission of site activity, photo documentation of license plates at speeds of up to 50 MPH, and clear photos of activity day or night, which are key to prosecutions.

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