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Spruce Up Your Township During ‘Pick Up Pennsylvania’

Sunday March 1st, 2020
Cleaning up trash and litter is a good way to show local pride and make your township attractive. And while that task requires constant attention, “Pick Up Pennsylvania” offers the perfect opportunity to put extra focus on keeping your township clean.
 
This statewide initiative supports the Great American Cleanup, which runs March 1 through May 31. Sponsored by Keep America Beautiful Inc., the Great American Cleanup is the nation’s largest community improvement program. Each year, millions of volunteers collect litter and debris from roadsides, parks, and public lands; clean up illegal dump sites; recycle thousands of tons of metal and tires; and plant trees and flowers.
 
Local governments, individuals, civic groups, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to remove litter and trash during the Pick Up Pennsylvania initiative. Target areas can include roads, parks, forests, river or stream banks, neighborhoods, and open spaces.
 
In Pennsylvania, the three-month cleanup is supported and sponsored by the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Alliance, a range of businesses, trade organizations, and local and state government entities, including the state departments of Environmental Protection and Transportation. 
 
Townships that decide to participate in “Pick Up Pennsylvania” will have plenty of support. For example, from April 1 to 30, PennDOT’s district and county offices will provide free bags, gloves, and safety vests to registered cleanup groups, and participating landfills will allow free or discounted disposal of trash collected during registered events.
 
County recycling coordinators, conservation districts, cooperative extension offices, and other environmental groups can answer questions and help organize cleanups.
 
Townships should consider asking local community organizations, such as Scout troops and church groups, to roll up their sleeves and lend a hand. Business owners might be willing to donate supplies, such as paint, T-shirts, or refreshments.
 
Registering events
 
To learn more about how your township can mobilize residents to help clean up the community, go to gacofpa.org. Here, townships can register their activities, find other events in the area, and get tips on holding a successful cleanup.
 
Townships may also contact Michelle Dunn of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful toll-free at (877) 772-3673, ext. 113, or email mdunn@keeppabeautiful.org.