Senate Resolution Congratulates 186,000+ Great American Cleanup Of PA Volunteers
The Senate this week unanimously adopted Senate Resolution 111 congratulating the more than 186,000 volunteers and supporting organizations which contribute to the success of the Great American Cleanup of PA.
The resolution was sponsored by Sen. Mary Jo White (R-Venango), Majority Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.
The test of the resolution follows--
Recognizing the volunteers participating in Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful's "Great American Cleanup of PA," March 1 through May 31, 2011.
WHEREAS, The Great American Cleanup of PA is celebrating its ninth anniversary of involving people all across this Commonwealth in the cleanup of litter and trash along our roadsides, streams, beaches, parks, forests and neighborhoods to make our communities clean and beautiful; and
WHEREAS, Since 2003, more than 1,100,000 volunteers have participated in the cleanups; last year alone, more than 186,000 individuals, members of Adopt-A-Highway groups, municipalities, conservation, school and youth groups, businesses, hunting and fishing clubs, community and civic organizations and sports teams were involved; and
WHEREAS, These cleanups have resulted in removing more than 54 million pounds of litter and waste from Pennsylvania's landscape since 2003, including 12 million pounds of litter during nearly 5,000 registered events in all of this Commonwealth's 67 counties last year; and
WHEREAS, The Great American Cleanup of PA was organized with the help of a broad partnership of State agencies, nonprofit groups, businesses and other associations, including Keep America Beautiful, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Transportation, Pennsylvania Beverage Association, Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association, Waste Management, Keystone Sanitary Landfill, Steel Recycling Institute and the American Chemistry Council; and
WHEREAS, The Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association, including Keystone Sanitary Landfill and Waste Management, arrange for the free disposal of trash collected during the special "Let's Pick It Up PA-Everyday" initiative from April 16 through 30, for groups registered in the Great American Cleanup of PA; and
WHEREAS, The Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Transportation and national Keep America Beautiful corporate sponsors provide free supplies to participants; and
WHEREAS, In 2011, the national Great American Cleanup initiative of Keep America Beautiful held its kick-off event in Philadelphia to showcase the city's 250 volunteer cleanup events; and
WHEREAS, In 2010, Keep America Beautiful recognized the Department of Transportation for its exemplary contributions and support of the Great American Cleanup of PA and the national Great American Cleanup for the eighth year in a row; and
WHEREAS, In 2010, Keep America Beautiful recognized Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful for 100% county participation in the Great American Cleanup of PA; and therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the Senate recognize the more than 186,000 volunteers, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and all the participating and supporting agencies and organizations of the "Great American Cleanup of PA" and "Let's Pick It Up PA-Everyday" initiatives for their contributions to keep Pennsylvania beautiful.
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