Illegal Dump Cleanups

Since 1990, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and our network has performed over 86 thousand illegal dump cleanups. For three decades, the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful grassroots network has been cleaning dumpsites and littered areas across the state of Pennsylvania. Along with its other programming, such as recycling and special collection events, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and its affiliates have removed over 148 million pounds of trash and recycled 6.7 million pounds of scrap metal from Pennsylvania’s hillsides, local roads, and streams. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful has also collected or removed over one million tires and over 12 million pounds of electronics have been collected and recycled! More than 370 segments of local roads, parks/pathways, and waterways have been adopted through the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful adoption program. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful has organized and planted more than 229,900 trees, flowers, and bulbs on public lands through its beautification program. In total, more than 2.5 million volunteers have dedicated over 10 million volunteer hours to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful programming.

Cleanups vary widely, involving volunteers or equipment, or sometimes both. Volunteer safety is the primary concern at every cleanup. Safe cleanup strategies have been developed to address the potential risks in removing broken glass, rusted metal, furniture, vehicles, construction debris, and tires from steep slopes and waterways. Equipment is used when volunteers’ welfare could be at risk and people-power alone is not enough.