Registration is Now Open for the 2014 Great American Cleanup of PA

GREENSBURG  Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful has announced that registration is now open for the 2014 Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania.

Event coordinators can visit the Great American Cleanup of PA webpage, www.gacofpa.org, to register their event. This annual event is held in conjunction with the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup and in partnership with support from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, PennDOT, Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association and the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association. Additional sponsors include Waste Management, Republic Services, Steel Recycling Institute, and the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority.

The 2014 Great American Cleanup of PA will begin on March 1 and end on May 31. During this period, registered events can get free trash bags, gloves, and safety vests from PennDOT district offices. Events consist of litter cleanups, illegal dump cleanups, beautification projects, special collections, and educational events.

Events must be registered through the Great American Cleanup of PA Web site, www.gacofpa.org, to get these free cleanup supplies. As part of this event, the DEP and PWIA are sponsoring Let’s Pick It Up PA – Everyday. During the Pick It Up PA Days, registered event coordinators will be able to take the trash collected during their cleanup to participating landfills for free disposal. The Let’s Pick It Up PA – Everyday event will begin on April 12 and end on May 5. The focus day will be April 26.

All 67 counties in Pennsylvania were represented in the 2013 Great American Cleanup of PA. There were 4,928 events with 137,429 volunteers. Volunteers collected 309,672 bags of trash, or 6,193,439 pounds. They cleaned 13,954 miles of roads, railroad tracks, trails, waterways and shorelines and 4,252 acres of parks and or wetlands. Additionally, volunteers planted 5,933 trees, bulbs and plants in an effort to keep Pennsylvania beautiful.

Since the inception of this event in 2004, more than 74 million pounds of litter and waste have been removed from Pennsylvania’s landscape, and more than 100,000 of trees, bulbs and flowers have been planted.

To register your event, find an event near you, or to find additional resources on the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Great American Cleanup of PA, go to www.gacofpa.org. Any additional questions can be answered by Michelle Dunn, Great American Cleanup of PA Program Coordinator, at 1-877-772-3673 ext. 113 or mdunn@keeppabeautiful.org.

About Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s mission is empowering Pennsylvanians to make communities clean and beautiful.  Since 1990, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and its volunteers have removed more than 97 million pounds of litter from Pennsylvania’s roadways, greenways, parks, forests and waterways. To learn more about Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, visit www.keeppabeautiful.org.

About Keep America Beautiful Inc.

Keep America Beautiful Inc., established in 1953, is the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. With a network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations, Keep America Beautiful forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments. To learn more about Keep America Beautiful, visit www.kab.org.

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