Keep America Beautiful
Since 1984 PRC has held an annual Lens on Litter Photo Contest to call attention to the litter problem in communities across Pennsylvania. PA residents are encouraged to submit photos showing how litter threatens public health and safety, scenic beauty, property values, the environment and wildlife. Entries are judged on the criteria of anti-litter message, originality, photographic technique, quality of photo, originality of title and severity of the litter. First ($500), second ($250) and third place ($100) prizes are awarded in 2 categories: adult and student (through 12th Grade).
Thank you in advance for any assistance you might be able to provide in spreading the word about this important program! Also feel free to visit https://prc.org/what-we-do/lens-on-litter-contest/ for additional information.
GET READY TO PICK UP PENNSYLVNIA!
Register an event with Pick Up Pennsylvania and help keep trash out of our waterways! Water and land-based cleanups are eligible for the program since a significant portion of waterway pollution originates on land. Trash bags, gloves, and safety vests are provided for registered events, as supplies last, by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, PennDOT and the Ocean Conservancy. Select here to register and get for more information.
Young Ambassador Program Applications Open
Young Ambassadors program provides opportunities for high school students to
train and network with industry leaders, state agencies, local media and the
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful network to increase leadership and problem-solving
skills and prepare them to continue to make differences in their communities
NEW For 23-24: Keep Pennsylvania
Beautiful is excited to announce a new collaboration with NiSource
and Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania!
this collaboration, KPB will offer Ambassadors a webinar focused on
sustainability, led by the company’s Environmental Department. Students will
also have two opportunities to apply to participate in a job shadowing
experience in the spring of 2024 in Pennsylvania. Selected participants will
have the opportunity to meet with local Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania
employees and accompany them in the field to learn the day-to-day
Litter Free School Zone Helps Develop School-Wide Stewardship
application process, which is completed by a teacher or administrator, is
simple and can be done even before school starts, so the Litter Free School
Zone sign and supplies are ready and waiting once school resumes.
across the state have incorporated the program into activities for student
council, environmental clubs, science classes and more. All schools are
welcome - elementary school, middle school, high school, public or private.
Visit our website for more information.
Pick Up Pennsylvania Supporting The International Coastal
Register your fall cleanup event in support
of the International Coastal Cleanup! Cleanup events held between September 1st
- November 30th are eligible for FREE work gloves, safety vests,
and trash bags, as supplies last.
waterway and land-based cleanups are eligible for the program since a
significant portion of waterway pollution originates on land where it is
washed into storm drains, creeks and rivers that flow to the ocean. Please
note, there is no donated landfill space for the fall event. Visit our website for more information and to
register your event.
sure to check back after your cleanup to report your results. Results are added to
statewide totals, help us measure progress towards reducing litter and are
important deliverables to our funders!
Litter Control Booms Piloted in Presque Isle Bay
funding from the Ocean Conservancy, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful collaborated
with numerous individuals, organizations and businesses who make their home
in Erie, to pilot litter control booms in Presque Isle Bay. Two booms
were installed at points of stormwater discharge in Presque Isle Bay on June
23. They are designed to limit the spread of trash and corral floating litter
so it can be collected and removed from the waterway. Interns from the
Regional Science Consortium (RSC) at TREC, have been monitoring the sites, collecting
the trash that accumulates in the booms, and evaluating data that determines
the types and sources of trash and the effectiveness of the device.
litter control booms will be in place until there is a risk of ice when it
will be removed and stored until reinstallation the following spring. Keep
Pennsylvania Beautiful will report results to the Ocean Conservancy to
analyze litter trends and sources.
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Partners with America250PA for
National Pennsylvania Day Mini Grants
commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States,
Pennsylvania’s integral role in that event, and the impact of its people on
the nation’s past, present, and future, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful partnered
with AMERICA250PA, to award 11 National Pennsylvania Day Mini Grants. The
grants, totaling $18,900, were awarded in support of projects that improve
the community and engage volunteers. The grants were available for existing
America250PA partners. Projects included community cleanups, park
improvements, revitalization efforts, river sweeps, graffiti abatement and
murals. See awardees here.
2023 INFORMATION - March 1st through May 31st - The Great American Cleanup is eligible for FREE work gloves, safety vests, and trash bags as supplies last. Donated landfill space for trash collected during the cleanup is also available for free or reduced cost between April 1st through April 30th. Check out the link above for additional dates, collections and free items.
During the Pick-Up Pennsylvania, which is from March 1st to May 31st, registered events can get free cleanup supplies such as bags, gloves, and vests donated by PennDOT and Keep America Beautiful. Additionally, during the Pick It Up PA Days, which is from April 16th to May 9th, sponsored by the Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association, and participating landfills, registered events have access to reduced or free disposal.
10 Steps to Organizing an Illegal Dump Cleanup provides step by step direction, from surveying the site to long-term maintenance. Click here to download a copy. https://www.keeppabeautiful.org/programs/pick-up-pa/organize-an-event/ Also try https://www.keeppabeautiful.org/grants-awards/grants/healing-the-planet-grant/healing-the-planet-2021 ick here to add content...