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Everyone wants to live, work, and play in a clean and green community . . . and it’s up to everyone to make it possible and improve the overall quality of life for us all.

Join Pennsylvanians across the state – and Americans across the nation – for the Great American Cleanup.  You can participate in the Great American Cleanup of PA by cleaning up litter and trash along our roadsides, streams, beaches, parks, forests and neighborhoods. Additional events include holding recycling events for hard-to-dispose of items like tires and appliances, creating or enhancing green areas by planting plants, bulbs, and trees, removing or painting over graffiti that devalues your neighborhood, and other activities that help beautify your community.

Here are the stats from the 2017 Great American Cleanup of PA:

  • 7,280 Events
  • 132,695 Invaluable Volunteers
  • 5,346,943 Pounds of Trash Disposed
  • 11,168 Miles of Roads, Shorelines and Trails Cleaned
  • 16,437 Trees, Shrubs, and Flowers Planted
  • 20,858 Tires Properly Disposed

Click here to see the 2017 Great American Cleanup of PA Final Report.
Also, click here for a breakdown of stats by county.

During the Great American Cleanup of PA, 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 7th to April 30th, sponsored by Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association, and participating landfills, registered events have access to reduced or free disposal.

Community and civic associations, schools and youth groups, families and friends, business employees, hunting and fishing clubs, conservation organizations, sports teams, and others can organize their members and participate in the Great American Cleanup of PA.

Since the inception of this event in 2004, over 2,122,100 million volunteers have picked up 97,216,450 million pounds of litter and waste, 181,787 miles of roads, waterways, shorelines, and trails have been cleaned, and more than 181,273 trees, bulbs, and flowers have been planted.  Volunteers also removed over 279,681 tires.

The Great American Cleanup of PA is sponsored by Keep America Beautiful.  The National Sponsors and Partners provide substantial support to the Great American Cleanup program in a variety of ways, from funding and in-kind donations to employee volunteer participation. America’s leading companies and brands support the campaign. National sponsors for the 2017 Great American Cleanup were Altria, BNSF Railway, Dow, The Glad Products Company, Lowe’s, Niagara Bottling and ReadyRefresh by Nestle Waters. The national sponsors for 2018 will be announced as soon as it is finalized.

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