Milne Urges Volunteers to Join the Great American Cleanup
—Rep. Duane Milne (R-Chester) is urging volunteers to take part in this year’s Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania that begins March 1 and runs through May 31.
The cleanup is sponsored each year by PennDOT, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and other partners. Groups participating in PennDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) program, which involves volunteers cleaning roadsides year round, are also encouraged to participate in the cleanup.
“I want to encourage everyone who cares about their community and its environment to join their neighbors in an effort to keep Pennsylvania beautiful,” Milne said. “Through their involvement, volunteers would be significantly eliminating pollution from our lands and waters.”
PennDOT has created a comprehensive webpage that includes all volunteer opportunities available, from the Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania and Adopt-A-Highway to Safety Training, Litter Brigades and more. Find it at penndot.gov
at the “Roadside Beautification
During last year’s Great American Cleanup, 5,290,560 pounds of litter were collected from Pennsylvania’s roads, trails and shorelines by 158,821 volunteers. PennDOT’s AAH program contributed 8,046 volunteers, who cleaned up nearly 23 percent of the collected litter on 10,258 miles of cleaned-up roadway.
Through PennDOT’s AAH program, volunteers collect litter on a 2-mile section of state highway at least two times a year. The program currently has over 4,750 participating groups, more than 83,260 volunteers and 10,305 miles of adopted state-maintained roadways.
Gloves, trash bags and safety vests are provided by PennDOT, DEP and the GLAD Products Company, a national sponsor of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup. In addition, during “Pick it Up PA Days” from April 18 to May 8, registered events have access to reduced or free disposal at participating landfills sponsored by DEP and the Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association.
Representative Duane Milne
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: David Foster