Spring cleaning applies to more than just closets, cupboards, basements and garages. Take that spotless spirit outside during the annual Great American Cleanup of PA presented by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.
From March 1 through May 31, residents from across the state come together to cleanup roadsides, streams and forests in an effort to make their communities cleaner and greener. From picking up trash and litter to organizing recycling drives or planting trees and flowers, there are numerous ways to help beautify your neighborhood.
Groups such as community and civic associations, schools and youth groups, families and friends, business employees, hunting and fishing clubs, conservation organizations, sports teams and more can register a cleanup event online in order to receive supplies and equipment, free of charge.
Registered events can obtain complimentary cleaning supplies such as gloves, bags and vests from the PennDot District Office by calling (717) 299-7621.
Additionally, event coordinators in Lancaster County should reach out to Barb Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org) who coordinates the Keep Lancaster County Beautiful program (an initiative of LCSWMA), prior to a cleanup event for information on free disposal of litter at any one of LCSWMA's facilities, while event coordinators in Dauphin County should contact Julie Walter (email@example.com) at Tri-County Community Action.
Since its inception in 2004, more than 1.5 million volunteers have picked up 80 million pounds of litter and waste. 146,000 miles of roads, waterways, shorelines, and trails have been cleaned, and more than 136,000 trees, bulbs, and flowers have been planted.
For more information on how you can participate visit www.gacofpa.org.