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DEP: 'Pick It Up' During Earth Month

April is Earth Month in Pennsylvania

April is Earth Month, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is urging state residents to join in on the "Pick It Up PA" campaign to keep the state free of litter.

Residents are asked to spend extra time this month picking up litter near their homes and workplaces. 

“I believe we can make Pennsylvania a better place to live, work and play by taking the time to clean up litter around our homes, businesses and parks,” DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo said. “So gather together a group to help pick it up, PA.”

Abruzzo and other DEP staff will clean up along the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg between Market and Forster streets on April 27, the DEP said.

Multiple other cleanup opportunities are planned throughout Pennsylvania this month. The DEP recommends visiting the Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania to find a cleanup event near you.


spendurown$ April 04, 2014 at 07:06 AM
No community looks great with litter on it. This is a campaign that both the left and the right of politics can agree on. No one likes trash. No one is saying the trash causes global warming or is something we must put up with for economic reasons. Trash should be in proper containers, period. One thing that might help is making tougher penalties that are ENFORCED for people dumping trash. I live in a nice neighborhood in Cranberry and have documented, with my camera, my neighbor filling our retention pond with sedge-like grass, dumped right on top of the beautiful wildflowers (irises). I must say, it is like pulling teeth to get anyone to do anything, but when the neighbor decided to throw black plastic trashbags out behind my house, I was finally able to get someone at Cranberry Twp to come out and force a clean up. Well, to be accurate, the neighbor refused to clean up the trash, but he was "billed" for the dumping violation. The days of throwing your trash out into the open really should have disappeared in the 1960's when we had the crying Indian commercials. Only slobs throw their major yard clipping and bagged trash out into the environment.

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