2009-04-23 / Local & State

The Great PA Cleanup Day Draws Near

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (Penn- DOT) is looking for volunteers to help with this year's Great American Cleanup of PA on Saturday, April 25.

For 31 years, PennDOT has identified April as its annual spring litter pickup month, and every fourth Saturday in April was designated Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Day. The day was marked by volunteers coming out to assist in the statewide cleanup effort by picking up litter along roadsides, in parks and in other areas.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Day has merged with other statewide cleanup efforts to become the Great American Cleanup of PA. Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians team together each year to make this effort the largest state-administered volunteer effort in the nation.

Last year, more than 175,200 citizens from across the commonwealth joined in the litter pickup effort, gathering over 528,531 bags of litter and debris. Volunteers who wish to participate in the annual cleanup effort must register at www.gacofpa.org and are provided with orange safety vests, gloves, litter bags and a waiver to take their trash to a local landfill for disposal. If a person or group cannot participate on April 25 they may choose any other day until the end of May.

Groups who participate in PennDOT's popular Adopt-AHighway (AAH) program are also encouraged to use GPC Day for one of their annual pickup days. The AAH program, which began in 1990, involves individuals, groups or corporations that adopt a two-mile section of a highway for two years and collect litter on it at least four times a year. In PennDOT's District 9, which covers Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon, and Somerset, there are 295 AAH groups with approximately 5,116 volunteers. Last year, those groups cleaned 977 miles of roadway by picking up 15,983 bags of litter!

Please contact the following person for more information:

Bedford County: Angela Karns at 814-623-6144

Fulton County: Randy Waters at 717-485-3816

Huntingdon County: Kelli Scalia at 814-643-0150

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