To read the Keep Huntingdon County Beautiful 2014 Wrap Up Newsletter, click here
Keep Huntingdon County Beautiful, formerly PA CleanWays of Huntingdon County, was formed in 1999 with support from the Huntington County Conservation District. As an affiliate of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, we focus on cleanups of illegal dumps, special collection events for disposal of hard to recycle items, and educating the public on the detriments of illegal dumping and littering. Since our inception, we have held 42 cleanups removing and properly disposing of 257.16 tons of trash, 29.14 tons of scrap metal, 115 appliances, as well as recycling over 13,700 tires!
Keep Huntingdon County Beautiful has an extensive network of volunteers, including students from Juniata College and groups from all over the community. Our volunteers have donated over 2,823 hours to help clean our beautiful county! The Ridge Road dumpsite in Shirley Township was one of our largest cleanup events with 54 volunteers who worked hard to remove and properly dispose of 33.55 tons of trash and recycle 1.72 tons of tires! These numbers don't include the many volunteers who have participated in the Great American Cleanup of PA program. In 2014 alone, 736 volunteers undertook 40 cleanups in 42 communities in Huntingdon County. For more information about the Great American Cleanup of PA, click here.
Volunteers can also 'adopt' sites or roads, which includes monitoring and disposing of any additional trash that accumulates at a cleaned dumpsite and along sections of municipal roads. There are currently seven adoptions in Huntingdon County. To learn more about Keep Pennsylvania’s Adoption Program, click here.
Keep Huntingdon County Beautiful participates in an annual friendly rivalry called the “Tire Wars” with three other KPB affiliates; PA CleanWays of Mifflin County, Keep Juniata County Beautiful and Keep Perry County Beautiful. The Golden Rim Award is given to the affiliate who collects the most tires at a specific collection event, helping to remove unsightly tires and mosquito breeding grounds from the landscape. We have won the coveted award six out of nine years!
The Huntingdon County Illegal Dump Survey was completed in the spring of 2010 by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful to identify illegal dumpsites within the county. There were 202 dumpsites identified containing an estimated 259.13 tons of trash. Seventy-nine percent of the sites were determined to be active and eighty-seven percent were located in a rural area. The survey was conducted to educate state, county, and local officials about the problem of illegal dumping and to provide valuable data about the dumpsites to address the problem through cleanups, municipal waste collections and recycling programs. To read more about the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful dumpsite surveys, please click here
Please check our Calendar of Events for upcoming cleanups. If you would like to become a volunteer for the affiliate please contact Celina Seftas, Affiliate Coordinator, at 814-627-1627 or e-mail.