Pick Up Pennsylvania March 1st - May 31st

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Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Pick Up Pennsylvania spring events are cancelled. We encourage you to participate in our Pick Up Pennsylvania program this fall. Event registration will tentatively open in August and information regarding supplies and supply distribution will be posted as soon as available.

“Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.”
–  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

While the recommendations for COVID-19 include social distancing and skipping community events, this is an opportune time to do a solo litter pick up.

While this shouldn’t include plantings or larger events at a public place or park that would need prior approval, this is a great time to practice the poetry of “Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.”

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions currently, DOT offices for supplies are closed so please consider using your own trash bags and routine trash pickup.

The warmer temperatures approaching would make for a timely event to grab a trash bag, some gloves, and a safety vest or bright colored clothing if you live along a road or highway and fill a bag with the trash that you see.  You could also take a bag with you as you heard towards your favorite trail.

Safety reminders:

  • Be aware of private property, and get permission from landowners before going on their land.
  • Roadside litter can be dangerous. Do not open coolers, jugs, bottles and other sealed containers.
  • Make sure you wear gloves, appropriate clothing, and safety gear.
  • Report any suspicious or dangerous items to police immediately.
  • Make sure children are not left unattended near highways or water.
  • For volunteer safety, please inform your volunteers prior to your cleanup what remanents of a meth lab or a “One Pot” meth lab might contain.  Download the “METH LABS: A RECIPE FOR DISASTER” PDF file here.

Our current adopters are encouraged to report their events to Stephanie Larson per usual procedure.

We would love to hear from you with what you are finding and any photos you take – we would love to share how our network and partners continue to remove litter from our landscape. Post to our Facebook Page or Email to mdunn@keeppabeautiful.org

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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 Pick Up Pennsylvania 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 2019 Pick Up Pennsylvania:

  • 5,356 Events
  • 92,342 Invaluable Volunteers
  • 1,213,148 Pounds of Materials Recycled
  • 6,036,620 Pounds of Trash Disposed
  • 7,345 Miles of Roads, Shorelines and Trails Cleaned
  • 8,580 Trees, Shrubs, and Flowers Planted
  • 19,082 Tires Properly Disposed

See the 2019 Pick Up Pennsylvania Final Report
Also, see how your county performed in 2019! Click here for a breakdown of stats by county.

Each year during 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, the Department of Environmental Protection, and Keep America Beautiful.  Additionally, during the Free or Reduced Cost Disposal, which is April 1st to April 30th, sponsored by Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association, and participating landfills, registered events have access to free or reduced cost for 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 Pick Up Pennsylvania.

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