PennDOT is seeking volunteers for this year’s Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania effort that runs through May 31.
The cleanup is an annual effort sponsored by PennDOT, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection and other partners. Groups involved in PennDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) program, which involves volunteers cleaning roadsides year-round, are also encouraged to participate in the cleanup.
“These cleanup programs play a huge role in keeping Pennsylvania beautiful through cleaner roadsides and communities,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch. “It’s my hope that more individuals get involved and join the thousands of dedicated volunteers who participate in these efforts year after year.”
Interested individuals can find a listing of cleanup events, resources for organizing a cleanup and other information about the effort online at www.gacof pa.org. Groups interested in adopting a section of highway are encouraged to contact their local PennDOT county maintenance office and ask for the AAH coordinator, or visit www.dot. state.pa.us.
During last year’s Great American Cleanup, 6.7 million pounds of litter was collected from Pennsylvania’s roads, trails and shorelines by more than 141,000 volunteers. PennDOT’s AAH program contributed nearly 78,000 volunteers.
This year, cleanup partner Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is hosting its first-ever Great American Cleanup Video Contest. Interested individuals can send a three-to-five-minute video of their cleanup event to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful by May 24, with eventual voting on the group’s Facebook page. For contest rules and information visit www.gacofpa.org.