Lehigh County’s event is part of the Great Pennsylvania Cleanup. Last year, more than 139,480 volunteers in 5,113 PA teams cleaned up roads, parks, schools, waterways, wildlife areas and communities. Volunteers racked up:
• 7.4 million pounds of trash collected
• 372,096 bags of litter removed
• 13,565 miles of roadway cleaned
• 12,934 trees, flowers, and bulbs planted
• 3,238 acres of parkland cleared
Volunteers will be rewarded for their efforts with tee shirts, beverages, and goodie bags donated by area businesses:
Giant Food Stores, Tilghmann St., Allentown: Five hundred reusable canvas goodie bags
Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, Just Born, Commerce Bank, Lehigh Valley Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, and Lehigh County Department of Solid Waste and Recycling: Items for goodie bags
Commerce Bank: $500 towards purchase of tee shirts
Alvin H. Butz Corporation: $100 towards purchase of tee shirts
Physical Graffi Tees of Allentown: Design and printing of tee shirts
Coca-Cola: Cases of soda for volunteers
Weis Markets, Cedar Crest Blvd: $25 for purchase of water for volunteers
Participating Lehigh County municipalities include:
• Alburtis: Camp Fire USA Kids will clean up along Alburtis Road
· Bethlehem: Several parks, the Rt. 378 gateway, the trail on the Monocacy Creek, and various bus shelters will be spruced up by The North by Northwest Neighborhood Initiative, Coalition for Appropriate Transportation (CAT) and other neighborhood groups.
• Catasauqua: Catasauqua Borough Business Revitalization Program, Borough Council (president and mayor are participating), and students from Lehigh County’s Juvenile Probation Dept. will clean the Canal area.
• Coopersburg: Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts #364 will clean Living Memorial Park.
• Coplay: County Commissioner Bill Leiner and the Coplay Town Watch Group will clean up Coplay Parkway and the area around Saylor Cement Kilns.
• Emmaus/Upper Milford: Environmental Advisory Council Between 50 and 75 volunteers from the Emmaus Main Street Program, members of Borough Council and various local boy scout troops will team up.
• Heidelberg Township: Lehigh County Juvenile Probation students will help residents.
• Lower Macungie: Friends of Spring Creek will clean up as part of the ‘Adopt a Highway’ program.
• Lower Milford: More than 30 volunteers, an area Cub Scout troop, and a staffer from State Rep. Karen Beyer’s office will clean up.
• Macungie: Emmaus High School’s Red Cross Club, Commerce Bank staff, Boy Scout Troop #71, residents and local officials and Macungie Borough Business Revitalization Program will volunteer.
• Salisbury Township: Students from Salisbury High School will pitch in.
• Upper Saucon: Lehigh County Juvenile Probation Students will assist residents.
• Whitehall Township: Residents and Lehigh County Juvenile Probation Students will team up.