Keep PA Beautiful Invites Communities To Join Adoption Programs To Keep Them Litter Free
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful invites communities, local residents, organizations, civic groups, and businesses to participate in KPB’s Adoption Program to keep municipal roads, communities, parks, neighborhood blocks, greenways, waterways and trails litter free.
There is no fee to participate and groups must agree to make safety a top priority, schedule two cleanups per year and report results to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful after each cleanup. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful will seek support from the local property maintainer/owner before proceeding with an adoption.
The program was developed to mirror the Department of Transportation’s Adopt a Highway Program with the goal of reducing roadside litter on municipal roads, but the benefits go beyond esthetics. The volunteers have reported a sense of pride and community involvement, meeting new neighbors and helping the community.
A newcomer to the road adoption program, Stroud Township in Monroe County initiated their first adoption in February. “Keep PA Beautiful has provided much needed support in helping to combat the roadside litter problem in Monroe County and I’m hoping the signs will give other companies and individuals an incentive to adopt other roads in our township,” expressed Ed Cramer, Supervisor of Stroud Township. Stroud Township is also participating in Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup of PA that runs from March 1 through May 31.
“Many communities depend on volunteers to clean up litter. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful works hand in hand with local municipalities and counties to provide residents with the tools and resources they need to keep our communities clean and beautiful,” said Shannon Reiter, President of Keep PA Beautiful. “Our adoption program encourages partnerships between local residents and municipalities to work together to reduce the amount of litter in our shared spaces. We are grateful for the support of municipalities and volunteers across the state.”
According to Keep America Beautiful’s 2009 National Visible Litter Survey and Litter Cost Study, litter clean-up costs the U.S. more than an estimated $11.5 billion each year with municipalities spending more than $790 million and counties spending $185 million each year.
For information about adopting a state maintained road, visit the Department of Transportation Adopt a Highway Program webpage.
For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful website. Click Here to become a member. Click Here to sign up for regular updates from KPB, Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter, Discover them on Pinterest and visit their YouTube Channel.
Sign up now for the 2018 Great American Cleanup of PA and set up your own cleanup and beautification event from March 1 to May 31.
[Posted: March 22, 2018]
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