Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Affiliates Remove over 12,000 Pounds of trash from Juniata River

(September 9, 2016) – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful affiliates, Keep Huntingdon County Beautiful, Keep Juniata County Beautiful, PA CleanWays of Mifflin County, and Keep Perry County Beautiful hosted a month-long cleanup initiative along the Juniata River in August. This is the fourth annual cleanup coordinated by the four affiliates. During this year’s event, over 100 volunteers collected 12,048 pounds of trash and 693 tires, weighing over 20,000 pounds, from sections of the Juniata River.

“Waterway cleanups are unique in that there is a never-ending accumulation of trash due to floodwaters and storm waters. Fortunately, there are people willing to give their time and energy to do something about it. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful thanks our affiliates for making this an annual event,” expressed Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.

Since the inaugural river cleanup in 2012, the four Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful affiliates have collected over 61,000 pounds of trash and 2,500 tires. Nearly 500 volunteers have participated in the events. The Juniata River is a tributary of the Susquehanna River and is approximately 104 miles in length and provides many recreational opportunities such as fishing, boating and sightseeing.
Left: Keep Juniata County Beautiful volunteers after the cleanup. Right: Keep Huntingdon County Beautiful volunteers pull loaded canoes out o the Juniata River.

Left: Keep Juniata County Beautiful volunteers after the cleanup. Right: Keep Huntingdon County Beautiful volunteers pull loaded canoes out o the Juniata River.

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Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s mission is empowering Pennsylvanians to make our communities clean and beautiful.  Since 1990, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and its volunteers have removed over 121 million pounds of litter from Pennsylvania’s roadways, greenways, parks, forests, and waterways.  To learn more about Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, visit www.keeppabeautiful.org.