Litter Free School Zone

The Litter Free School Zone program is designed to encourage students to keep their school grounds litter-free and to raise public awareness regarding litter via a Litter Free School Zone sign to be displayed outside the school.

Students, clubs, classes, and even entire school districts can participate in the Litter Free School Zone program. Keeping their school litter-free is an easy and fun way for students to work together, learning valuable community leadership and responsibility skills while gaining a respect for the environment and the world around them. It is also an opportunity to develop a school-wide stewardship ethic and set a community example.

The Litter Free School Zone program strives to resolve the issue of littering in two ways:

  1. Cleanup: Remove existing and deposited litter as soon as possible after it appears, so that further littering will be less likely to occur.
  2. Prevention: Create a sense of understanding, caring, and responsibility, often described as environmental stewardship, in our children so that they will not think of littering as an acceptable behavior in their world.

Haine Middle School, Cranberry Township, Butler County

The ultimate goal is a cleaner, more beautiful community, with a strong sense of civic pride. As more students participate in the Litter Free School Zone program, we hope that there will soon be less litter to clean up. As residents drive past the signage and see the clean schoolyard, they also will be less inclined to deposit litter.

Minimum Requirements from the School:

  • Check the school grounds two times a year (or more often at your discretion) and remove litter.
  • To report the date of each cleanup completed, number of participants and hours, and number of full bags collected to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful after each cleanup or two times a year if cleanups are held more often.
  • Promote, organize, and implement any school events as litter free events.
  • Report activities in school publications, bulletin boards, websites, etc.
  • Make safety a top priority.
  • Provide written notice to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and remove signage in the event that the school wishes to terminate from the program or if it becomes inactive.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Provides:

  • Attractive signage for your school designating it as a litter free zone.
  • Media coverage publicizing your school's involvement through our newsletter, news releases, and the websites: and
  • Helpful and responsive assistance from staff.

For more information, please contact:
Stephanie Larson toll free at 1-877-772-3673 ext.104 or e-mail.

Below is a list of schools who are participating in our Litter Free School Zone program:                                     

                      School                                                              County                 Adopted Since

Avon Grove Charter School                                                Chester                          2/16
Blacklick Valley Jr/Sr High School                                    Cambria                          4/15
Blue Ridge School District                                            Susquehanna                  10/15
Cambria Heights Elementary                                           Cambria                          9/11
Cameron County School District                                     Cameron                       10/16
Case Avenue Elementary School                                      Mercer                          12/14
Conestoga Valley High School                                        Lancaster                         9/16
Corl Street Elementary                                                         Centre                            9/11
Dillsburg Elementary School                                                York                              3/16
East Lycoming School District                                          Lycoming                        5/12
Edgewood & Dickson Elementary                                   Allegheny                      10/12
Forest Hills Sr. High School                                              Cambria                        10/14
Friendship Academy                                                           Allegheny                      10/14
Glenside Elementary                                                        Montgomery                      3/16
Greensburg Central Catholic Jr Sr High School        Westmoreland                   4/16
Howard Gardner MI Charter School                              Lackawanna                     4/16
Independence Middle School                                           Allegheny                         3/15
Haine Middle School                                                            Butler                              9/15
Heights-Murray Elementary School                                  Luzerne                         10/15
J.E. Fritz Elementary                                                          Lancaster                          8/12
Jamestown Elementary School                                         Mercer                             4/15
Lancaster Mennonite School - Hershey Campus         Dauphin                        11/15
Lindley Academy Charter School                                  Philadelphia                     10/16
Manchester Academic Charter School                           Allegheny                         9/14

Marion Elementary School                                           Westmoreland                     4/15
Muhlenberg Elementary Center                                          Berks                           10/14
Newberry Elementary School                                              York                                 3/15
North Wales Elementary School                                    Montgomery                    10/12
North Coventry Elementary School                                   Chester                           4/15
North Star Middle School - Stoystown                             Somerset                         3/15
Northwestern Middle School                                                 Erie                             10/14
Northwestern High School                                                    Erie                                9/14
Oil City Middle School                                                        Venango                            9/16
Oil City Senior High School                                               Venango                          10/16
Pine Run Elementary School                                              Bucks                             9/15
Radnor High School                                                           Delaware                          9/11
Rostraver Elementary School                                      Westmoreland                   10/15
Saint Leo Catholic School                                                       Elk                             10/15
Saint Luke School                                                                    Erie                               2/16
Saint Patrick School                                                            Venango                           4/15
School Street Elem. by K Kids Club of School St.          McKean                           2/16
Shamokin Area School District                                   Northumberland                   9/16
Springfield Elementary                                                            Erie                            10/14
Stone Valley Community Charter School                      Huntingdon                        4/15
The Swan School                                                                   Lehigh                            1/12 
Tobyhanna Elementary School                                           Monroe                            6/11      
Trinity High School                                                            Cumberland                    12/15
Valley View High School BIO Club                                  Lackawanna                   10/14
West Chester Connections                                                Chester                           2/16
Williamson Jr. & Sr. High School                                         Tioga                              5/12
Wilmington Area School District                                       Lawrence                       12/11
Wissahickon Charter School - Awberry Campus        Philadelphia                   10/15
Wissahickon Charter School - Fernhill Campus        Philadelphia                    10/15
Young Scholars of Central PA Charter School                Centre                           10/14