|Indiana, PA - After a long winter, it's time to clean up Pennsylvania. |
Community and civic associations, school and youth groups and friends and families are invited to participate in this year's Great Pennsylvania Cleanup April 19 through May 3. Volunteers can become partners with PennDOT and other state agencies to help remove litter from roadsides, parks and other areas.
The annual cleanup is the largest, state-administered, volunteer effort in the nation. Last year, over 139,000 volunteers joined in the litter pick-up effort and gathered more than 372,000 or 7.4 million pounds of trash. PennDOT provides volunteers participating in the annual highway cleanup with orange safety vests, work gloves and garbage bags.
To enhance the effort, PennDOT Engineering District 10 is encouraging its adopt-a-highway volunteers to do one of four annual cleanups during the Great Pennsylvania Cleanup. Since 1990, the adopt-a-highway program has played an integral part in Pennsylvania's ability to keep its highways as clean from litter as possible. Participating groups agree to adopt a section of a roadway for two years and collect litter on it at least four times a year.
"We take pride in the appearance of Pennsylvania's highways. This is where we live, and these are the roads our families and friends travel every day," said District 10 Executive Joseph P. Dubovi III, P.E. "We thank all our adopt-a-highway partners and encourage new volunteers to join this cooperative effort to enhance quality of life in our communities."
Groups or residents interested in joining the adopt-a-highway program are encouraged to call the nearest PennDOT county maintenance office and ask for the program's coordinator. County maintenance offices in District 10 can be reached at the following telephone numbers:
• Armstrong County : 724-543-1811
• Butler County: 724-284-8800
• Clarion County: 814-226-8200
• Indiana County: 724-357-2817
• Jefferson County: 814-938-6300
PennDOT asks all motorists to respect the clean-up effort by driving safely, paying attention and slowing down in areas where litter crews are active. Pennsylvania residents can set a good example for their children and others by not littering. The appearance of our State is everyone’s responsibility.
For more information on the Great Pennsylvania Cleanup or to find a cleanup event in your area, go to www.greatPAcleanup.org.