Cleanup volunteers sought for local event

PennDOT is seeking volunteers for this year’s Great American Cleanup. Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest community improvement program, takes place every year from March 1 through May 31 and involves more than 4 million volunteers and participants.

Each year over 1,200 affiliates and participating organizations engage volunteers to take action in their communities through programs that deliver positive and lasting impact through events focused on waste reduction, recycling, beautification and community greening. In 2012, 4.2 million Great American Cleanup volunteers worked tirelessly to return nearly $230 million in measurable benefits in 20,000 communities across the country

The Pennsylvania portion of the event is an annual effort sponsored by PennDOT, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, the state Department of Environmental Protection, and other partners. The volunteer groups in PennDOTs Adopt A Highway (AAH) program are also encouraged to participate.

During last year’s Great American cleanup, 6.7 million pounds of litter were collected from Pennsylvania’s roads, trails, and shorelines by more than 141,000 volunteers. The AAH program contributed nearly 78,000 volunteers who cleaned up nearly 53 percent of the collected litter on 10,960 miles of roadway.

Through the AAH program, volunteers collect litter on a two mile section of state highway four times a year. The program currrently has nearly 7,000 groups consisting of more than 125,00 individuals and 15,834 miles of adopted roadways. PennDOT provides gloves, trash bags and safety vests to AAH and Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania groups.

Local events include Route 62 Trout Camp Cleanup on April 14 starting at Thompson Island Lane and continuing north on 62 for two miles, sponsored by Kytchak Chiropractic Center. For more information, contact David Kytchak at 724-588 7563 or email him at dkytchak@yahoo.com.

On April 22 The Jefferson DeFrees Family Center will sponsor a cleanup from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. starting at 207 Second Avenue, continuing north on Liberty Street, then west on Fourth Avenue to DeFrees Playground, and back by the same route. The contact person is Wendy Wilcox at 723-6350, or email at jdchildcare2@gmail.com.

One of the larger events, the Ninth Annual Allegheny Reservoir Cleanup is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, Allegheny National Forest and will start at Roper Hollow Boat Launch. The cleanup will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 11. Last May, 88 volunteers from 17 partnering agencies and organizations showed up to remove six cubic yards of trash, eight bags of platics, twenty buckets of glass, fourteen tires and just under a ton of metal for recycling. Over 40 miles of shoreline were cleaned up in 2012.

The contact person is Nathan Welker, and his phone number is 814-728-6163, or email him at nwelker@fs.fed.us.