Register an Event
All registered events being held between March 1st through May 31st are eligible for FREE work gloves, safety vests, and trash bags (courtesy of PennDOT, PA DEP, and Glad Products Company) while supplies last.
Members of the Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association and other landfill owners, along with the PA DEP, have graciously donated landfill space for trash collected during the cleanup. Please note that reduced or free landfill space is available between April 18th through May 8th. Everyone who registers an event for the Great American Cleanup of PA will be given access to a list of services and supplies available in their area. As a reminder, there is no free tire disposal for the Great American Cleanup of PA. To properly dispose of your tires, the PA DEP website has a list of all permitted tire recyclers and processors. Click here for this list.
Due to the on-going challenges with implementation of Act 108, The Covered Device Recycling Act, many communities are seeing fewer and fewer options for proper disposal of electronics. Under the current law, these materials cannot go to the landfill.
As spring cleanup season quickly approaches, we recommend the following:
- When organizing a cleanup, please remember to plan for proper disposal of any electronics that are found. The Covered Device Recycling Act (Act 108 of 2010) bans many covered devices from landfills. There is NO exemption for electronics found during cleanups; these materials cannot be taken to the landfill. For information about electronics recycling and local recycling options for these items, please visit the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s You can also contact your County Recycling Coordinator.org.
- If no outlet is identified, community cleanup coordinators are encouraged to contact processors directly in their community and ask if they will take these materials. Some may be able to do so for free, others for a fee, some may not take them at all due to the condition of the material.
- If there are no outlets, contact your municipality to see if they are willing to handle and/or store the material until an outlet opens up in the community. Some municipalities may be willing to absorb the cost of processing the materials – others may not. Some may be able to store them, others may not.
- If there are no outlets, no processor or municipality willing or able to assist, there is little else volunteers can do other than leave the material where it is found. Please make a note of the location, and once the law is fixed, retrieve the material for proper disposal as soon as possible.
- While some volunteers may wish to take the materials home with them and store the materials themselves, this is a tremendous risk to their safety due to the condition of the material as it is likely that there will be broken glass and potential metal contaminates.
We understand that this is not ideal, but please know we are working with our partners and stakeholders to address these challenges and fix the Covered Device Recycling Act.
Also, please remember the following:.
- Community Cleanup Days events held for residents to clean out their households are not eligible for the free or reduced disposal through Pick It Up PA Days.
- Please be aware that the spring gobbler hunting season runs statewide from April 29th to May 31st and the youth spring gobbler day is April 22nd.