Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful partners with Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and Lift Johnstown to Offer Surveillance Camera Loan Program Information Session

(July 15, 2015) – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is partnering with Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and Lift Johnstown to present Illegal Dump Free PA, a program that provides community resources to fight illegal dumping to stakeholders in Cambria, Somerset and Bedford Counties. The informational meeting, open to the public, is on July 28 at 4:30 PM at the Winber Community Building Gym on Graham Avenue.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful will provide an overview of their Camera Loan Program grant that is avaiable to Pennsylvania municipalities. The grant includes the loan of a set of three high quality, motion activated, covert security cameras that provide instant wireless transmission of site activity, photo documentation of license plates at speeds of up to 50 MPH, and clear photos of activity day or night, which are key to prosecutions.

Illegal dumping is a state-wide concern, according to a recent study commissioned by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, the state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Dumpsites can be found in every county – 6,500 at last count. Cleanups conducted by local municipalities are costly, averaging about $600 per ton, or roughly $3,000 per site, depleting precious resources and staff time. 

“Cleanups are not only costly, but also absolve the dumpers of any responsibility. This program provides the evidence needed to fully prosecute those committing this crime.” said Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. “We are grateful to the Community Foundation of the Alleghenies and Lift Johnstown for providing the opportunity for us to present this program and its tools and resources to regional stakeholders. We look forward to providing communities with the resources they need to effectively fight illegal dumping in their community.”

Contact Marisa Nelson at mnelson@cfalleghenies.org  or 814-536-7741 ext.  114 to register for the Camera Loan Information Session on July 28 at 4:30 PM at the Winber Community Building Gym,  1605 Graham Avenue, Windber, PA 15963.

For more information about the Camera Loan Program visit www.illegaldumpfreepa.org

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s Illegal Dump Free PA program is supported through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

About Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful

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 113 million pounds of litter from Pennsylvania’s roadways, greenways, parks, forests, and waterways. To learn more about Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, visit www.keeppabeautiful.org.