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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Great American Cleanup of PA?
The Great American Cleanup of PA is Pennsylvania’s participation in the national Great American Cleanup sponsored by Keep America Beautiful. Registered events can get free cleanup supplies such as bags, gloves, and vests donated by PennDOT, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection  and Keep America Beautiful. The Great American Cleanup goes from March 1 to May 31, 2016.


What is Pick It Up PA Days?
Pick It Up PA Days is a two-week long event that is a part of the Great American Cleanup of PA. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association, and participating landfills, registered events will be able to get reduced or free disposal for their cleanups. The Pick It Up PA Days goes from April 16 to May 9, 2016, with the focus day being April 25th. Once you register your event you will have access to the list of participating landfills.


Who can take part in community cleanups?
Local government leaders, business and trade organizations, community groups and ordinary citizens may take part in community cleanups.


How do I find an event near me?
To find an event near you, visit our Find An Event page and select the county where you would like to participate.


How do I register my group to conduct an event in my community?
To register your group, visit our Register Event page, fill out the form, and click the submit button.


Where can I find information on organizing and promoting my cleanup?
Information on organization and promoting a cleanup can be found on our Organize an Event page.


Where can I find information on cleanup safety?
Cleanup safety information is available on the Organize an Event page. PennDOT also has a video that documents how to do a cleanup safely called Beautify PA Safely.  To obtain a copy of the video, contact Carl Wesneski, Manager of Highway Beautification Programs,  at 717-705-1552.


Where do I report the results of my cleanup?
Report your results directly on the Great American Cleanup of PA website. Just click on Report Your Results from the side menu. Information on the success of your event is very important and helpful to both Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and the national Keep America Beautiful, Inc. so please take a moment to report your results!


Who do I contact if I can’t find someone to haul the trash my group collects?
Contact your local County Recycling Coordinator.


Where can I dispose of tires, appliances, batteries and other problem items?
Contact your local County Recycling Coordinator.

For the most up-to-date list of electronic recycling resources, visit the PA DEP Electronics Collection Program Website. You can also call the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Recycling Hotline at 1–800-346‑4242.


Where can I take tires collected during the cleanup event?
The PA DEP website has a list of all permitted tire recyclers and processors. Click here for this list.

 

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