Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Partner for the 2015 Great American Cleanup of PA

(February 11, 2015) – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful today announced they are teaming-up with the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay/Project Stream Clean for the 2015 Great American Cleanup of PA.

 “What happens on the land affects the water and in order to keep the Schuylkill River clean, we need to keep our communities, parks, roads, and neighborhoods clean. By registering a cleanup or volunteering for one, anyone can help create a healthy Schuylkill River and a beautiful Pennsylvania,” stated Tom Davidock, Schuylkill Action Network Coordinator of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.

Alliance Executive Director Al Todd said, “This important partnership with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful will considerably expand the environmental impact of Project Clean Stream.  It’s an exciting opportunity for more people and more communities to take action and join our cleanup efforts and also gain a deeper appreciation for why it’s so critical to care for the environment and keep their local streams healthy.”

“We are proud and grateful for these partnerships.  Both groups do amazing work to improve the quality of the Schuylkill River Watershed and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  These partnerships will make it easier for residents of Pennsylvania to access cleanup resources to make their communities clean and beautiful,” stated Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.

Registration is open for the 2015 Great American Cleanup of PA which runs from March 1st to May 31st. During this period, registered events can get free trash bags, gloves, and safety vests from PennDOT district offices. Events can be litter cleanups, illegal dump cleanups, beautification projects, special collections, and educational events. Events must be registered through the Great American Cleanup of PA website, www.gacofpa.org, to get free cleanup supplies. As part of this event, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association are sponsoring Let’s Pick It Up PA – Everyday.  During the Pick It Up PA Days, registered event coordinators will be able to take the trash collected during their cleanup to participating landfills for free disposal. The Let’s Pick It Up PA – Everyday event will begin on April 11th and end on May 4th. The focus day will be April 25th.

The 2015 Great American Cleanup of PA sponsors include: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, PennDOT, Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association, the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, Weis Markets, Inc., Wawa, Inc., Sheetz, ShopRite and The Fresh Grocer. Additional 2015 event supporters include: Steel Recycling Institute, Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, Giant Eagle Inc., Giant Food Stores, Inc., Republic Services and Wegmans Food Markets.

Since the inception of this event in 2004, more than 1,565,967 volunteers removed 80,575,227 pounds of litter from the Pennsylvania landscape and planted 136,321 trees, bulbs, and flowers.

To register your event, find an event near you, or to find additional resources on the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Great American Cleanup of PA, go to www.gacofpa.org. Any additional questions can be answered by Michelle Dunn, Great American Cleanup of PA Program Coordinator, at 1-877-772-3673 ext. 113 or mdunn@keeppabeautiful.org

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.