The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging all Pennsylvanians to join in a statewide effort to clean up communities and the environment.

The Great American Cleanup of PA is an annual event that urges Pennsylvanians to voluntarily clean up trash and litter from roadways, streams, parks, forests and neighborhoods. This year's event began March 1 and ends May 31.

In carbon County, cleanup events are planned on April 23 in Lausanne Township and on April 30 in Lake Harmony.

"Spring cleaning is an annual ritual in many households," said DEP acting Secretary Michael Krancer. "I encourage everyone to participate in this annual outdoor spring cleanup. Our efforts can make a noticeable difference and make our communities and our environment cleaner, safer and more enjoyable for all Pennsylvanians."

The cleanup effort receives support from DEP, Keep America Beautiful and the Pennsylvania Department Transportation (PennDOT). Events consist of litter cleanups, illegal dump cleanups, beautification projects, special collections, and educational events.

Conservation organizations, school and youth groups, businesses, hunting and fishing clubs, community and civic associations, and sports teams that register their cleanup events are eligible to receive free gloves and trash bags to assist in their cleanup efforts. Events must be registered online at www.gacofpa.org [1]