Spring cleanup events result in more than 3 tons of trash removal

This Spring is rushing by, and CleanScapes has been busy!

Three cleanup events were held already this year, as part of the Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, bringing together over 90 volunteers who cleaned up more than 3 tons (or 6,000 pounds) of trash from the hills and floodplains of Clinton and Lycoming Counties.

On March 31, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Football team players and other community members volunteered for the first CleanScapes cleanup of 2019. Crews spread out to clean up sites along the Fishing Creek streambank, Route 64 (Nittany Valley Drive), and Route 150 (Eagle Valley Road) in Mill Hall (Clinton County).


That day, 20 volunteers collected 1,180 pounds (0.59 tons) of trash and one tire! Removing litter from this popular opening day trout fishing location, multi-use Public Park, and roadside gateway began in 2009. Since then six events have been held attracting over 231 volunteers. In total, CleanScapes collected 4.97 tons (9,940 pounds) of litter and 19 tires!

On April 13 and 23, CleanScapes organized two beautification experiences in the City of Williamsport (Lycoming County). The April 13th event took place along Hepburn Street, Via Bella Boulevard and Little League Boulevard. Phase II included members of the PA Outdoor Corps and occurred on April 23. They removed hundreds of pounds of litter from the Route 220 hillside adjacent to the West Branch Susquehanna River walkway.

The two events removed 760 pounds of litter and helped to kick off the April 22-28 Williamsport “Richard James Memorial City Cleanup” initiated by Susquehanna Greenway Partnership’s Project (SGP) Coordinator Alice Trowbridge. (The city-wide event planning team members included Trowbridge, CleanScapes Project Director Elisabeth Lynch McCoy and SGP’s Director Corey Ellison.)

Then, on April 27, 54 volunteers came together to remove trash from Spook Hollow Road, along the West Branch Susquehanna River floodplain, in Wayne Township (Clinton County). Recently, Spook Hollow Road has been cordoned off to be a pedestrian/bicyclist recreation location, and it will be part of the Bald Eagle Valley Trail (a new rail trail being constructed in phases in Clinton County).

During the event, the 54 volunteers removed 4,500 pounds (2.25 tons) of trash (including a refrigerator!) and 36 tires!

Clinton County CleanScapes
Event Totals 2000-2019 

Total Number of Cleanup Events: 124  (Clinton County Events: 87, Lycoming County Events: 27, Other: 10)
Volunteers:                                       4,569
Tons of Trash Removed:                 1,216.23 (2,432,460 lbs.)
Tires Collected & Recycled:             13,131
Tons of Scrap Metal Recycled:         23.45  (49,245 lbs.)

CleanScapes Event Sponsors: Clinton County Community Foundation, First Quality, Sons of Italy Lodge 146, Weis Markets, and Brenda & Don Lysle. In-kind Services, discounts, & partners: Clinton County Government, Clinton County Economic Partnership/Tourism promotion Agency, Wayne Township Landfill/Solid Waste Authority, Keep PA Beautiful, Staiman’s Recycling, PennDot Districts 2 & 3, A-1 Portable Toilets, Wayne Township, Borough of Mill Hall, Lock Haven University Football Team & MountainServe, Susquehanna Greenway Partnership, PA Outdoor Corps, Long Island Pizza, and Clinton County Adult Probation.

Additional events are being planned by CleanScapes for this summer and fall. Keep up to date with scheduled events here.

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