Community Illegal Dumpsite Cleanup Program

We partner with local organizations to remove illegally dumped trash from the environment and educate local community residents on the negative environmental and economic impacts of illegal dumping in their communities.

February 3, 2016

Over 400 Volunteers Clean Up Nearly 50 Tons of Waste at Illegal Dumpsites in Pennsylvania

With the help of funding from the settlement of a Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Enforcement Action, PEC was able to conduct dumpsite cleanup efforts through the Community Illegal Dumpsite Cleanup Program in four Northeast and Northcentral Pennsylvania counties in 2015.

With  over 400 volunteers in four counties, PEC and its partners were able to clean up nearly 50 tons of trash and over 3,500 tires at illegal dumpsites in Pike, Potter, Susquehanna and Wayne counties in 2015.

The Community Illegal Dumpsite Cleanup Program is a coalition of committed partners and has expanded through PEC’s efforts to include local watershed organizations, local land trusts, County Conservation Districts, county and local municipal officials, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural ResourcesPennsylvania American Water Company, and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful (KPB).

Here is a recap of all of the great work PEC and all of the wonderful volunteers were able to accomplish in an effort to help clean up Pennsylvania!

Susquehanna County

Friends of Starrucca Creek
April 25, 2015

4.25 tons of trash
500 pounds of scrap metal
125 tires=1.50 tons
58 volunteers
232 volunteer hours

Friends of Starrucca Creek
Susquehanna cleanup photo

Volunteers pose during a Susquehanna County Cleanup last year.

April 25-26, 2015

900 pounds of trash
500 pounds of scrap metal
125 tires=1.5 tons
57 volunteers
228 volunteer hours

Friends of Starrucca Creek
April 25-26, 2015

2.19 tons of trash
736 tires=8.83 tons
78 volunteers
492 volunteer hours

Friends of Starrucca Creek
April 26 & Nov. 1, 2015

1.45 tons of trash
1 ton of metal
100 tires=1.20 tons
33 volunteers
159 volunteer hours

Southwestern Energy Marcellus Volunteer Council with Contractor
Susquehanna cleanup photo 2

Volunteers helped to make PEC’s dumpsite cleanup efforts a success yet again in 2015.

May 7 & 18, 2015

1.84 tons of trash
4.20 tons of scrap metal
806 tires=9.38 tons
6 volunteers, 18 volunteer hours

Southwestern Energy Marcellus Volunteer Council
May 7, 2015

280 pounds of trash
21 tire=504 pounds
8 volunteers
12 volunteer hours

Rail Trail Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania
May 9, 2015

1.7 tons of trash
1 tire
15 volunteers
30 volunteer hours


Wayne County

Wayne County Historical Society
May 2, 2015
Wayne cleanup photo

60 volunteers in Wayne County helped to clean up over six tons of trash.

340 pounds of trash
1 ton of scrap metal
39 tires=940 pounds
25 volunteers
100 volunteer hours

Bucks Cove Hunting Club
Oct. 25, 2015

6.47 tons of trash
175 tires=2.10 tons
35 volunteers
175 volunteer hours


Potter County

Galeton High School with Contractor
Oct. 16 & Oct. 23, 2015
Potter cleanup photo

Volunteers and contractors alike took part in cleaning up dumpsites in Potter County.

1,850 pounds of trash
1.43 tons of scrap metal
3 tires
7 volunteers
17 volunteer hours

Contractor Cleanups
Oct. 17-23, 2015

2.08 tons of trash
4.08 tons of scrap metal
72 tires=.86 ton

Contractor Cleanups
Oct. 17-23, 2015

6.86 tons of trash
826 pounds of scrap metal
1,020 tires – 12.24 tons


Pike County

Delaware Water Gap NRA & DCNR Forestry
Sept. 14 & Nov. 9, 2015
Pike Cleanup photo

Volunteers in Pike County removed over 300 tires from the Delaware River.

19.54 tons of trash
337 tires=4.04 tons
109 volunteers
418 volunteer hours


July 22, 2015

PEC Continues its Clean Up Work in Northeast Pennsylvania

Statistics from this spring’s illegal dumpsite clean ups in Susquehanna and Wayne counties have been tabulated and the numbers are quite impressive!

Palmira Miller, program coordinator in PEC’s Northeast office, certainly had a busy season organizing and cleaning up illegal dumpsites in the two counties with the help of many partners and volunteers.

Dumpsite cleanup photo

Volunteers clean up a dumpsite in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Palmira geared up for the spring clean up season with numerous meetings and lots of research from January through March.

She was busy reviewing the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Illegal Dumpsite surveys that were completed for our project area counties and were used to make connections and to reach out to local municipalities, county commissioners, conservation districts, recycling centers, watershed groups, school districts, local businesses, and many others for assistance in planning our spring clean up schedule.

Here’s a look at the dumpsite clean up statistics from the spring:

  • 15 illegal dumpsites were cleaned up
  • Removed and properly disposed of 10.79 tons of trash
  • Recycled 5.7 tons of scrap metal
  • Recycled 21.93 tons of tires
  • 253 volunteers worked 1,136 hours
  • One contractor cleaned up two sites that were too hazardous for volunteers

Illegal dumping of waste not only negatively impacts the environment, but also degrades the character of our neighborhoods and the quality of life for our local residents. Dumpsites know no bounds and include state gamelands, state forests, state parks, waterways of all sizes, private property, and county and municipal lands.

Illegally dumped trash is a detriment to the water quality of local streams and rivers and can reduce drainage of runoff due to blockage of streams, culverts, and drainage basins, and can lead to flooding and channel modification. Economically, property values decrease as a result of illegal dumping which affects the local tax base.

Along with ruining the beauty of natural areas, illegal dumping pollutes our soil, surface, and groundwater supplies, as well as the air we breathe.

Consider coming out to help your community by cleaning up these sites!

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