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PA CleanWays – Volunteers Needed

Trash at the State Game LandsIt’s that time of year again.  Spring is upon us and trash is on everyone’s mind… well, a few people’s minds.  OK, it’s just on my mind, but that’s not the point. We have a number of big events planned and are in need of help.  Below is the list of upcoming event and brief descriptions of each one.  Any help you can provide is appreciated!

Please note that the State Game Lands 95 Cleanup has been moved from March 29 to April 5. 

  • April 5 –Connoquenessing Creek Greenways Cleanup – 9 to noon – We’ll be cleaning part of a greenways corridor owned by Ellwood City Borough.  There are approximately 100 tires, a few appliances and pieces of furniture, as well as the typical mix of random trash items.  The trash is scattered about a large area adjacent to the old railroad bed.  The cleanup area itself is flat with some moderate grades here and there.
    • We’re also working on scheduling a weekday cleanup before the Ellwood City Earth Day Celebration on April 19 to do any wrap up work from the April 5 cleanup, as well as doing litter sweeps of Rock Point and Ewing Park.  Once the date is finalized, we’ll let you know.
  • April 5 – State Game Lands 95 Cleanup – 9 to noon – This is a HUGE site that we’ll be tackling in phases.  See the attached picture, then multiply by 100.  There are 700 to 1,000 tires (we lost count at 700), a couple hundred or so appliances, and a mix of metals scattered over a very large area. 
    • Apart from the tires, the site is about 98% scrap metal, so just about everything there is recyclable.  The cleanup area is flat with some mild grades. April 5 marks the first phase of the site cleanup.  We’ll need volunteers to help move the scattered tires to the abandoned road that runs right through the middle of the game lands.  With the focus being on tires, this should be a fairly easy cleanup.
    • We’d like to work with local scrap haulers to help remove the rest of the material.  Interested haulers can keep money received from the scrap, we just need the weights of the material that is removed.
    • We’ll probably need a follow up volunteer cleanup to pick up the smaller debris once the larger stuff is removed.  We’ll keep you posted.
  • April 26 – Alaron Conservation Area Cleanup – 9 to noon – We’ll be doing a litter sweep and minor cleanup of an area adjacent to Alaron in New Beaver Borough.  We need about a dozen or so volunteers for the cleanup.
If you want to come out and volunteer with us, please let me know ASAP, so that we can make the appropriate arrangements for food and drinks.

Volunteer meeting locations will be announced shortly.

Don’t forget how to dress:

  • Wear long sleeves,
  • Wear boots or thick soled shoes,
  • Wear jeans,
  • Wear gloves – you can use ours or bring your own.

For those coming to the game lands cleanup there are a couple of extra precautions.  The area is known to harbor ticks so:

  • Wear light colored clothing – it makes spotting ticks easy.
  • Tuck your pants into your boots.
  • Spray yourself with something containing DEET, like OFF.  We’ll have some available as well.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Jerry P. Zona
Executive Director
PA CleanWays of Butler-Lawrence Counties
P.O. Box 581
New Castle, PA 16103

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