2009-03-12 / Local & State

Penna. CleanWays Chapter Forms Here

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

PA CleanWays, a nonprofit organization aimed at identifying and eliminating illegal dumpsites and littering, has now taken root in Fulton County through the support and governance of the county Conservation District.

The newest chapter of PA CleanWays will be overseen by the district's environmental education specialist Greg Reineke, who was also recently hand-selected and appointed to the position of county recycling coordinator. In speaking with the "News," Reineke noted the chapter is already in the process of coordinating its first series of roadside dump cleanups.

According to Reineke, both events will be conducted in Thompson Township with the first cleanup set for Saturday, April 4. The location is along Frank Road off Route 655, while the second cleanup scheduled for Saturday, April 25, will occur along Licking Creek Road.

Volunteers are needed for the two cleanups, and any resident or organization wishing to donate their time and community service, should contact the Fulton County Conservation District at 717-485-3547.

Since its creation in 1990, PA CleanWays has disposed of more than 10,000 tons of trash and recycled over 2,100 tons of scrap metal and 350,000 tires. The cleanups are only possible, however, as a result of bringing together a variety of community members, including waste haulers, landfill owners, municipal and county officials and environmental and civic volunteer organizations.

To date, more than 40,000 volunteers have donated more than 190,000 hours of service to help rid the state of illegal dumps and litter. Over 800 illegal dumps have been cleaned during these events and 525 special collection events have been held.

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