State departments earn national recognition for cleanup efforts

The Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation have earned national recognition for their cleanup efforts in the state. 

The two departments have been honored with Keep America Beautiful 2018 State Agency Partner awards for their partnership on the Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania. This statewide campaign organized over 130,000 volunteers who participated in over 7,000 local cleanup events in every county of the state. 

According to a news release, DEP funded the cost of supplies for volunteers, who collected more than 5 million pounds of trash from roads, railroad tracks, and shorelines. They also planted over 16,000 trees, bulbs and plants in Pennsylvania. 

"The Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Transportation have been invaluable partners to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful since its inception, providing resources that have enabled hundreds of thousands of volunteers to participate in tens of thousands of community improvement events," said President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Shannon Reiter in a news release. 


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