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Volunteers to participate in cleanup day

April 15, 2006|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.

During last year's Great Pennsylvania Cleanup Day, more than 140,000 volunteers picked up 6 million pounds of trash along 11,000 miles of roads and 12,000 acres of parklands, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Volunteers across the state and in Franklin County will hit the roads and parks next Saturday, April 22, which also is Earth Day. Many of them are members of established Adopt-a-Highway groups, said Brad Herrold, the roadway programs technician for the state Department of Transportation in the county and its Adopt-a-Highway coordinator.

In 2005, 369 people from 41 Adopt-a-Highway groups picked up 1,066 bags of trash from along 102 miles of state and local roads, Herrold said. Another five civic and scouting groups comprised of 122 people gathered up 305 more bags along 30 miles of roads and a Chambersburg park and neighborhood and in Caledonia State Park, Herrold said.

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"It used to be just a PennDOT program to pick up along state roads," PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny said. In recent years, it has evolved into a broader program taking in parks, forests, communities and streams, he said.

At the end of the cleanup along state roads, PennDOT crews will collect and dispose of the trash bags, according to a department news release. Mountain View Reclamation in Upton, Pa., also will be accepting trash from registered groups during the week of April 22 to 29, said Cheryl Shields, community relations spokeswoman for Waste Management Inc.

"They must have a PA cleanup registration number and provide that number to the weighmaster," she said. The landfill will not accept tires, batteries, construction debris or any hazardous materials or waste, she said.

Not all of the work will be done next Saturday, Herrold said.

"I have 16 groups that have already conducted their cleanups for April," he said.

Individuals and groups still may sign up by going to the state Web site, www.greatpacleanup.org, Herrold said. They will receive a registration number that can be taken to the PennDOT garage at 619 N. Franklin St. to get trash bags, gloves and safety vests, he said.

"Up until Friday, April 21, anybody who comes into the office with a registration number, I'll supply with materials for the cleanup," he said.

Franklin County events listed on the Web site for Saturday include a cleanup of the Monkey Path at Michaux State Forest, sponsored by Yellow Breeches Racing; an Earth Day cleanup at Caledonia State Park, sponsored by the Franklin County Planning Department; and Pleasant Hall Volunteer Fire Co. will clean up along Cumberland Highway.

The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation and Conococheague Watershed Alliance are working on a May 20 event associated with the Great Pennsylvania Cleanup, the second annual Conococheague Creek Clean Up.

For more information, call Melissa Knepper at the Chamber of Commerce at 717-264-7101.

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