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Keep America Beautiful will be sending out communications today to affiliates that the suspended Great American Cleanup will resume, starting June 1 and run through Sept. 30. We wanted to clarify that while this is a national program, Pennsylvania state government and health officials have restricted these types of activities at this time. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is proceeding with plans for the Pick Up Pennsylvania fall event that will commence on September 1, assuming we have the governors directive to proceed at that time. 

We anticipate registration opening for this event in August and will be in touch as the event gets closer with specifics for supplies but know that we are working to run the event in the same manner as years past with supplies going to registered events. We are working with Commonwealth agencies to coordinate the opening of the program and we will keep you posted as soon as any decision is made – we are anxious to get back to cleanups and other events and hope to see you all out soon – thanks!

Heidi Pedicone |Director of Programs

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful |877.772.3673 ext. 109

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While everyone works together to flatten the curve of COVID19 cases, practicing social distancing and foregoing group events, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful joins with others in encouraging residents to walk outside and enjoy the beauty their communities have to offer. With that in mind, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is asking residents to take pride in Pennsylvania and not to litter.

“We're heartened by many stories of residents getting outside and reconnecting with their neighborhoods, parks and trails. Unfortunately, there’ve also been stories of people leaving litter, dog waste and even graffiti behind in state parks and forests and other places,” stated Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.

The increased litter puts an undue strain on the already reduced staff at state and municipal parks and recreation departments across the state.

“If you’re one of the many Pennsylvanians spending time outdoors, please respect the environment and dispose of trash properly. Remember, if you pack it in, you can pack it out. A pandemic is no reason to litter. There’s no acceptable time to litter,” Reiter said.

To help protect Pennsylvanians’ health and safety, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful recently suspended its annual statewide Pick Up Pennsylvania initiative, which supports upwards of 5,000 cleanups each spring from March 1 through May 31. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful will support this initiative once the threat of COVID-19 passes and social distancing restrictions are lifted.

Details concerning free cleanup supplies of bags, gloves and safety vests and free or reduced cost landfill space will be communicated as they become available. For updates, visit or the organizations Facebook page at

Last year, 92,342 volunteers participated in the statewide spring cleanup campaign, collecting over 7 million pounds of trash and recyclables and19,082 tires and planting 8,580 flowers and other plants.

“At Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, we are focused on staying positive. We look forward to continuing our programs and providing the resources needed to continue improving our neighborhoods, trails and parks. Until then, it is up to each individual to take initiative to keep our communities clean,” said Reiter.

About Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s mission is empowering Pennsylvanians to keep our communities clean and beautiful. Since 1990, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and its volunteers have removed over 147 million pounds of litter from Pennsylvania’s roadways, greenways, parks, forests, and waterways. To learn more about Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, visit

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 Want a great way to help save the EARTH? Have a clean up?  Questions can be answered by Michelle Dunn, Great American Cleanup of PA Program Coordinator, at 1-877-772-3673 ext. 113 or   Please note that reduced or free landfill space is available, please inquire for dates this will be available.   Everyone who registers an event for the Great American Cleanup of PA will be given access to a list of services and supplies available in their area. 


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                                              Pennsylvania Teachers Invited to Participate In Litter Free School Zone Program

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful invites all educators to check out the Litter Free School Zone program ( 

This comprehensive program encourages young people to take an active role in protecting and improving the environment through recycling, litter awareness and community stewardship. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful will provide a sign to each school that participates in the program. As part of the program, the school commits to organizing two cleanups or beautification events per year. There are currently over eighty schools participating in the program. All schools are welcome to participate, whether you are an elementary school, middle school, high school, or public / private school.

Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful stated, “We welcome students, clubs, classes, and even entire school districts to participate in the Litter Free School Zone program. This program provides a fun and easy way for students to work together, learning valuable community leadership and responsibility skills, while gaining a respect for the environment and the world around them. It is also an opportunity to develop a school-wide stewardship ethic and set a community example.”

Litter Free School Zone events can also be registered with the Great American Cleanup of PA, a statewide community improvement initiative. Registered events can receive free cleanup supplies such as bags, gloves and vests courtesy of PennDOT, the Department of Environmental Protection and Keep America Beautiful. 

Anyone interested in participating should visit the “Keep It!” section of the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful website, or contact Stephanie Larson at 877.772.3673. 

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About Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful mission is empowering Pennsylvanians to make our communities clean and beautiful. Since 1990, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and its volunteers have removed over 141 million pounds of litter from Pennsylvania’s roadways, greenways, parks, forests, and waterways. To learn more about Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, visit  

For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful website. Click Here to become a member. Click Here to sign up for regular updates from KPB, Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter, Discover them on Pinterest and visit their YouTube Channel. 

Also visit the Illegal Dump Free PA website for more ideas on how to clean up communities and keep them clean and KPB’s Electronics Waste website. Sign up now for the 2019 Great American Cleanup of PA and volunteer or set up your own cleanup and beautification event runs March 1 to May 31. 

      Also try Luzerne County Keep NEPA Beautiful - Janet Sweeney – Director PA.  Environmental Council 175 Main Street Luzerne, PA  18709 570-718-6507 or email-     



     The People of Luzerne County are recycling at a rate near 50%!  That means the people, businesses and schools of Luzerne County are separating their daily waste and only throwing away half of it.  The rest is going to manufacturing companies to be recycled into new products.  Proof that teamwork from EVERYONE works when it comes to recycling. THANK YOU!

Studies show the average American generates approximately 4 lbs of waste per day.  The PA Department of Environmental Protection [PA DEP] assigns 0.8 ton of waste per person per year.  That figures includes commercial waste.  What we pull out of the waste stream and recycle or reuse is up to each of us.  Businesses and municipalities report recycling tonnage to the state each year.  That’s our recycling %!  Thank you, thank you, Thank you everyone for doing your part.  

Thanks to your efforts the People of Luzerne County are saving natural resources; cutting landfill costs; and creating jobs by Recycling and Reducing our waste!


    Can the container that a product comes in be recycled?  Think about that the next time you are purchasing something.  Think also if the town you are living in currently accepts this particular item in their recycling program.  Typical items that are acceptable for recycling are plastic #1 & #2 bottles, cardboard, newspapers, glass, aluminum and steel and bi-metallic cans.  Does every town that recycles accept the same items? No, they do not, which is why we suggest calling your local municipality to see what is and isn’t acceptable to place in your recycling container.  Most important is to remember to rinse out your containers and make sure they are free of any liquids or food particles.  By doing this, you help it get farther down the recycling chain instead of spreading contamination, causing  all items to end up in the landfill. 


     Reduce, Reuse, Recycle..these three words have been the mantra for anyone that has been involved with recycling.  What do these three words really mean? By doing these simple steps you are helping to save the planet by saving our natural resources!  You also help create jobs in material recovery facilities,(MRF), create new products from old ones and most import help "Close-The-Loop" on the whole recycling process!   

WHAT IS MADE FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS?  Toys, playground equipment, notebooks, pens, pencils, filling for sleeping bags, some fleece products, mulch, carpeting, metal appliances, parts for automobiles, bottles, jars and tile are all examples of what can be made from recycling simple items such as plastic, paper, aluminum, steel and glass.  So the next time you go to throw away an item, look for the symbol and take a moment to think what this product was and what this product could be made into.


     When you recycle an item you are not throwing it in the garbage.  By removing items such as metals, glass, plastic, newspapers and cardboard from your garbage you are not putting out as many bags. When you put out less for refuse pick up you are paying less. Simply put- Increasing recycling tonnage decreases the cost of waste disposal at a landfill.  Ask anyone who pays for garbage, generally there is either a per bag limit or you are paying a per bag, either way it is costly. 


  • Yard-waste which includes grass clipping, leaves, branches and shrubs take up 25% of landfill space?  
  • Environmentally friendly ingredients used for cleaning include baking soda, corn starch, lemon juice, salt and vinegar are just a few of the items that almost everyone already has in their home?  Go to for more tips on how to use these products.

  • Clay-base kitty litter can be used to solidify paint? Pour enough in can to absorb paint and leave lid off to let dry.
  • Vinegar in a spray bottle works just as well on weeds in sidewalks, driveways and patios-and is safe for the environment.
  • Plastic bags do NOT belong in your recycling bin.  Please take to a local grocery store as many, if not all local stores have a container at the front of the store where you may drop these bags off-for recycling, of course.