2011-02-03 / Local & State

Registration Open For 2011 Great American Cleanup Of PA

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, formerly PA CleanWays, announced that registration is now open for the 2011 Great American Cleanup of PA. Event coordinators can visit the new Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania Web page, www.gacofpa.org, to register their event. This annual event is held in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup of Keep America Beautiful and in partnership with support from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, PennDOT, and Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association. Additional partnering businesses includeKeystone Sanitary Landfill, PA Beverage Association, Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, Steel Recycling Institute, Waste Management, and the American Chemistry Council.

The 2011 Great American Cleanup of PA will begin March 1 and ends on May 31. During this period, registered events can get free bags, gloves and vests from Penn- DOT district offices. Events consist of litter cleanups, illegal dump cleanups, beautification projects, special collections and educational events. Events must be registered through the Great American Cleanup of PA Web site, www.gacofpa.org, to get these free cleanup supplies.

As part of this event, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and PennsylvaniaWaste Industries Association are sponsoring Let’s Pick It Up PA – Every Day. During the Pick It Up PA Days, registered event coordinators will be able to take the trash collected during their cleanup to participating landfills for free disposal. The Let’s Pick It Up PA – Every Day event will begin on April 16 and end on April 30. The focus day will be April 23.

All 67 counties in Pennsylvania were represented in the 2010 Great American Cleanup of PA. There were 4,822 events with 186,487 volunteers. Volunteers collected 603,537 bags of trash or 12,070,740 pounds. They cleaned 19,373 miles of roads, railroad tracks, trails, waterways and shorelines, and 6,027 acres of parks and/or wetlands. Additionally, volunteers planted 21,605 trees, bulbs, and plants in an effort to keep Pennsylvania beautiful.

Since the inception of this event in 2004, more than 54 million pounds of litter and waste have been removed from Pennsylvania’s landscape, and tens of thousands of trees, bulbs and flowers have been planted.

To register your event, find an event near you or to find additional resources on the Great American Cleanup of PA, go to www.gacofpa.org. Any additional questions can be answered by Michelle Dunn, Great American Cleanup of PA Program coordinator, at 1-877-772-3673 ext. 113 or mdunn@keeppabeautiful.org.

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