Pennsylvania uses $450,000 in grants to deter dumping
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded a $449,182 grant to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful to identify illegal dumpsites in Pennsylvania, spread awareness of improper waste disposal and promote environmental stewardship.
The funding will help Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful complete its two-year statewide illegal dump survey by focusing on Susquehanna, Wyoming, Wayne, Pike, Northampton and Lehigh counties, the final six counties in the survey. This survey will be compiled into a report that will provide a full analysis of illegal dumping for all 67 counties over 7 years.
The survey is being used to educate state, county and local officials about how to combat illegal dumping in their communities by organizing cleanup events, municipal waste collections and recycling programs.
Part of the grant will be used to promote and administer Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s adoption program, which maintains more than 300 municipal roads, communities, parks, neighborhood blocks, greenways, waterways and trails.
Funds will also be directed toward continuing the Litter-Free School Zone program, the Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania and the state’s participation in the International Coastal Cleanup.