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Spring cleanup begins with Schuylkill Scrub

Published March 06. 2015 01:11PM

The Schuylkill Action Network is working to rid the Schuylkill River of litter by hosting the Schuylkill Scrub from March 1 to May 31 across southeast Pennsylvania.

Those who add their spring cleanups to this anti-litter campaign can win gift certificates for kayaking, tubing and more along the Schuylkill River.

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and Schuylkill Action Network are partnering with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful for the Great American Cleanup of PA.

This partnership will make it easier for participants of the Schuylkill Scrub to access cleanup resources to make their communities clean and beautiful.

During the Great American Cleanup of PA, from March 1 to May 31, registered events can get free cleanup supplies such as bags, gloves and vests donated by PennDOT and Keep America Beautiful.

Additionally, during Pick It Up PA Days, April 11 to May 4, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association, and participating landfills, registered events have access to reduced or free disposal.

"Community leaders are wise to register, because it exposes their event to an army of potential volunteers," said Tom Davidock, Schuylkill Action Network coordinator at the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.

"They even have an extra month to do it now that we've expanded this campaign to increase our impact."

Last year, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful logged over 52,000 volunteers in the five counties surrounding the Schuylkill River. Together they removed more than 1,300 tons of trash from over 1,200 neighborhoods.

Much of this would have otherwise washed into the Schuylkill River. From there it would have flowed downstream to the Delaware River and, later, the ocean, littering communities along the way.

Volunteers can register online at or call Virginia Vassalotti of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary at 800-445-4935, ext. 121.

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