COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Gretchen Leslie
DUMPSITE CLEARED IN DELAWARE STATE FOREST
HARRISBURG (September 12, 2003) — Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Michael DiBerardinis today announced that 4.7 tons of metal debris were removed from Craft Farm within Delaware State Forest, Pike County, as part of the state’s Forest Lands Beautification Program.
“We inherited this collection of metal debris when we purchased this 1,646-acre tract in 1997,” Secretary DiBerardinis said. “Thanks to the Forest Lands Beautification Program, we were able to hire the resources to remove the materials so we may begin to use the areas as it was intended—for timber, water, recreation, fauna, flora and minerals.”
DCNR contracted with Tim Kohrs Excavating of Honesdale to remove 4.72 tons of metal debris, including old cars, metal drums, and other metal items. Waste Reduction and Recycling of Wilkes-Barre hauled the debris to Solomon, Inc. of Wilkes-Barre for recycling. The Department of Environmental Protection’s Northeast Regional Office and the Pike County Community Planning and Human Development Office consulted on the project.
Signed into law in 1998, the Forest Lands Beautification Act provides up to $7.5 million over five years to clean up existing dumps in state forests and parks by recycling or properly disposing of waste materials. The program is funded by the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act (Act 101), administered by the Department of Environmental Protection.
DCNR works in partnership with PA CleanWays, a non-profit organization, to identify dumpsites and to form community volunteer teams to help remove the waste.
About 300 illegal dumpsites have been identified throughout Pennsylvania. To date, more than 200 sites have been cleaned through the efforts of contractors and nearly 2,000 volunteers. These cleanups have resulted in the removal of more than 2,300 tons of household trash, 20,000 tires, 330 tons of scrap metal, 525 tons of concrete, and more.
The Forest Lands Beautification Program also seeks to educate citizens about proper disposal methods. The program’s web site, www.CleanPAForests.org (select “Proper Disposal”), includes a link to “Earth’s 911,” a public-private partnership providing a national database of recycling information. Users enter their ZIP code to obtain a listing of local curbside or drop-off recycling programs, solid-waste disposal locations, yard-waste composting sites and household hazardous-waste disposal sites. The database includes names and locations of facilities, phone numbers, hours of operation and any restrictions pertaining to the acceptance of waste.
Those wanting more information on proper disposal of any item are encouraged to call Christine Obser, Pike County Recycling Coordinator, at (570) 296-3434.
To join a cleanup team or for more information, call the Forest Lands Beautification Program toll-free at 1-877-7PA-FOREST (1-877-772-3673) or visit the program web site at www.CleanPAForests.org.
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