1Thing: Volunteers Needed For “Pick Up Pennsylvania” Litter Campaign

Photo credit: DEP Press Office

HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA)  -  PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are looking for volunteers for “Pick Up Pennsylvania,” a little cleanup campaign.

Volunteers can apply as small groups, individuals, and those involved in PennDOT Adopt-A-Highway program are also encouraged to apply.

The litter cleanup events begin September 1st and continue through November 30th and the locations for cleanups include along roadsides, in neighborhoods, parks, and on shorelines.

Volunteers will be required to wear masks, practice social distancing, and other COVID-19 mitigation steps due to COVID-19.

"The Covid-19 pandemic brought twin challenges to our litter cleanup efforts this spring. It put group cleanup events on hold, while at the same time, littering increased in state parks and many other places as more people pursued outdoor activities," DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell said. “So DEP is doubly excited to support this fall campaign, encouraging small-group or individual litter cleanup activities. Many Pennsylvanians care about litter and the problems it causes. Their actions in cleaning up litter make their communities safer, healthier, and more inviting; reduce stormwater runoff pollution; and help reduce the damage that litter does to wildlife, particularly aquatic life."

“PennDOT is proud to stand with DEP and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful in support of all Pick Up Pennsylvania volunteers,” said PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. “The selfless spirit of our Adopt-A-Highway teams echoes the department’s desire for not only litter-free roadways, but litter-free waterways as well.”

The fall 2019 campaign saw 12,610 volunteers across the state, removing 488,135 pounds of trash.

For more information, including how to register, click here.

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