Progress achieved with Pennsylvania’s illegal
Harrisburg, PA— Pennsylvania
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) secretary
Michael DiBerardinis announced that nearly 287 tons of trash and
other debris were removed during 33 cleanups on state forest and
parklands in 2004 as part of Pennsylvania’s Forest Lands
“This year, we removed nine
sites from the Dirty Dozen list, a major accomplishment,”
Secretary DiBerardinis said. “We conducted more equipment
cleanups this year due to the difficult terrain at some sites,
but our volunteer participation is what helped make a real impact.”
PA CleanWays, DCNR’s cleanup
partner under the program, organized volunteers to perform most
of the cleanups. In 2004, 343 volunteers spent 1,723 hours, the
equivalent of more than 10 solid weekends, removing tires, appliances,
household trash and other debris from state forests and parks.
Many volunteers also monitor cleaned sites to ensure that dumping
does not reoccur, an approach that reduces subsequent dumping.
Cleaned sites have had few reoccurrences of dumping.
More than 4,800 tires, 125 tons
of scrap, 20 tons of concrete and more than 141 tons of debris
were pulled from illegal dumpsites during 2004 cleanups.
Contractors were hired for cleanups
at sites where the terrain, quantity or weight of discarded materials
required the use of cranes or other heavy equipment. Forestry
personnel cleaned several other sites. Scrap metal, appliances,
tires and other materials were recycled after each cleanup. The
remaining waste was properly disposed.
Since the program’s inception,
these cleanups have resulted in the removal of more than 2,900
tons of household trash, 27,900 tires, 400 tons of scrap metal
and 600 tons of concrete.