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     Innovations Challenge

The PennDOT Innovations Challenge is a statewide competition that challenges teams of students in ninth through 12th grade to use their problem-solving, creative, and strategic-thinking abilities to solve real-world transportation challenges. Regional winners will be selected from PennDOT's Engineering Districts. Those winners will move on to a statewide competition in Harrisburg where an overall winner will be selected.://

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    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 141 million pounds of litter from Pennsylvania’s roadways, greenways, parks, forests, and waterways. To learn more about Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, visit    

              PICK UP PENNSYLVANIA in support of the International Coastal Cleanup

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is proud to be the Pennsylvania statewide coordinator for International Coastal Cleanup, the world’s largest volunteer effort to improve the health of the world’s oceans and local waterways. The International Coastal Cleanup is one of the largest international volunteer events. The cleanup gives citizens around the world the opportunity to clean up their local waterways and to be a part of a larger movement.

Over 13,000 volunteers from 39 counties across Pennsylvania canvassed their communities to removed over 523,000 pounds of trash and debris from Pennsylvania’s waterways and coastal regions during the 2018 International Coastal Cleanup event.

From September through October, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful worked together with local groups and organizations to coordinate hundreds of events throughout the state. Volunteers in Pennsylvania documented the trash that was picked up and the “top five” types of trash found during the 2018 cleanup included:

• Cigarette Butts – 19,755

• Food Wrappers – 12,343

• Plastic Bottles – 8,411

• Bottle Caps – 5,435

• Tires – 5,935

International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019, however, ICC events can be held from September through October.

To Coordinate an ICC Event:

If you are interested in coordinating an ICC cleanup, please contact Michelle Dunn at 1-877-772-3673 Ext. 113 or e-mail. If you are interested in volunteering at a cleanup, please check our Calendar of Events for cleanups within Pennsylvania. at

For more information on the ICC, go to the Ocean Conservancy website at Any cleanup site is eligible since we all live in a watershed and all waterways flow into our coastal waters.

Thank you to all who volunteered and supported our cleanup program. Together we are making a difference in our communities.

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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 only between April 13th through May 6th. 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’s 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.  Envir. Council 175 Main Street Luzerne, PA  18709 570-718-6507 or email

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     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!


     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 alreayd 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.