Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Pennsylvania Environmental Council highlights illegal dumping reduction efforts in monthly television program

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Executive Director Shannon Reiter
This month’s instalment of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s (PEC) "Environmental Focus" television show hosted Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Executive Director Shannon Reiter to discuss illegal dumpsites in the state and ways to reduce their numbers and use.

While the state has worked to increase recycling rates and decrease municipal waste, the state is still home to 6,500 illegal dumping sites that impact its environment and economy. Reiter, whose organization is an affiliate of the national Keep America Beautiful, Inc., was joined on the show by other state environmental authorities. Former Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary and current Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful board member David Hess led a roundtable discussion with Keep York Beautiful Executive Director Tom Smith and PEC Vice President Janet Sweeney.

The show, which aired on November 15, covered the causes of illegal dumping and the ways in which the state is working to reduce it, including increased access to trash disposal. This episode’s guests also discussed the need for reducing illegal dumping, highlighting its costs within Pennsylvania.

Environmental Focus covers issues impacting Pennsylvanians, such as recreation on the state’s waterways, the Pipeline Infrastructure Taskforce, the Delaware River conservation program and climate change.

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Pennsylvania Environmental Council 2124 Penn Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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