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Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Completes Statewide Illegal Dump Survey

Posted by: Barb Smerkar on 7/12/2013
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA - Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful has released the reports for the final 6 counties from their Statewide Illegal Dumpsite Survey Program including Lehigh, Northampton, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming.  The latest and final round of surveys found 243 sites with an estimated 492.5 tons of trash. With these counties completed, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful has surveyed every county in the Commonwealth locating 6,487 dumpsites with a total estimated tonnage of 18,516.83 tons.  The illegal dump surveys can be downloaded at http://www.keeppabeautiful.org/IllegalDumpSurveys.aspx.     
2012-2013 Survey Results
County  # of sites Tonnage
Lehigh 16 32.5
Northampton 51 63.5
Pike 15 18
Susquehanna 104 256.5
Wayne 43 71.75
Wyoming 14 50.25

Funding for this latest round of surveys was provided through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.  In order to develop a comprehensive strategic plan to address illegal dumping including public policy, proper resource allocation, community education, and cleanup and abatement efforts, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful embarked on a statewide illegal dump survey program in 2005. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful believes that in order to truly address the root causes associated with illegal dumping, the problem needed to be better defined.

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