Pennsylvania dump site survey results released
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recognized
PA CleanWays’ efforts to combat the illegal dumping of
trash and littering by surveying, assessing and documenting
illegal dump sites across Pennsylvania.
PA CleanWays, is a non-profit organization that works
to eliminate illegal dumping and littering, announced
the latest survey results for Adams, Armstrong, Centre,
Clarion, Forest, Franklin, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Perry,
Montgomery, Snyder, Warren and Westmoreland counties
and the City of Pittsburgh.
PA CleanWays began surveying illegal dump sites in 2005.
To date, surveys in 37 counties have identified 4,159
dump sites containing an estimated 14,493 tons of trash.
The organization’s goal is to survey the entire state
Completed survey results have shown that illegal dumping
is a problem in urban and rural areas. For example, 279
illegal dump sites were identified in the city of Pittsburgh,
while 105 sites were found in rural Perry County. Dump
sites have been identified in municipalities that have
mandatory trash collection and recycling programs, and
many sites are still active.
Last fall, DEP awarded PA CleanWays a $1 million grant
to aid its efforts. In addition to identifying the sites,
the organization is educating the public and raising
awareness of illegal dumping.
In April, DEP announced the first Illegal Dump Cleanup
program. Nearly $500,000 was granted to help clean up
350 sites in 31 counties, some of which were identified
through the dump site surveys.