More than 141,000 volunteers cleaned 13,589 miles of roads, trails and shorelines during this year's three-month Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania.
From March 1 to May 31, there were 4,421 reported cleanup events statewide, and a whopping 6.7 million total pounds of trash was collected.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, its Adopt-A-Highway program accounted for 3.6 million of the total pounds of trash collected during the cleanup.
“The department is very thankful for the thousands of people who turned out this year to beautify Pennsylvania,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch. “Pennsylvania is fortunate to have so many people who want to keep this state beautiful and combat the actions of litter bugs out there.”
According to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, the effort has yielded 25.9 million pounds of collected litter and cleaned 44,030 miles of roadway with the help of 487,673 volunteers over the past three years.
The Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania is in partnership with PennDOT, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, the Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association, the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association and the Pennsylvania Beverage Association.
For more information on the cleanup, visit www.gacofpa.org.