Statewide roadside cleanup planned, volunteers needed

June 18th, 2015 10:29 am

First Posted: 3/2/2015

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is seeking volunteers for this year’s Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, which runs through May 31.

The cleanup is sponsored each year by PennDOT, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, the state Department of Environmental Protection and other partners. Groups participating in PennDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) program, which involves volunteers cleaning roadsides year round, are also encouraged to participate in the cleanup.

Interested individuals can find a listing of cleanup events, resources for organizing a cleanup and other information about the effort online at Groups interested in adopting a section of highway should contact their local PennDOT County Maintenance office and ask for the AAH coordinator or visit

During last year’s Great American Cleanup, 6.4 million pounds of litter was collected from Pennsylvania’s roads, trails and shorelines by more than 136,000 volunteers. PennDOT’s AAH program contributed nearly 75,000 volunteers who cleaned up nearly 45 percent of the collected litter on 10,317 miles of cleaned up roadway.

Through the program, volunteers collect litter on a two-mile section of state highway four times a year. There are currently almost 7,000 participating groups, more than 125,000 volunteers and 15,834 miles of adopted state-maintained roadways.

PennDOT provides gloves, trash bags and safety vests to AAH and Great American Cleanup of PA groups. In addition to the event, during the “Pick it Up PA Days” from April 11 to May 4 registered events have access to reduced or free disposal at participating landfills.