Centralia needs your help – either by volunteering your time or by making a donation!
On Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9AM to 4PM, a cleanup day will be held in the town to remove junk that has been illegally dumped there. Volunteers and funds are needed to assist with the cleanup effort. A free lunch will be served to those who attend.
Anyone looking to join the cleanup day, should meet at the Centralia Municipal Building along Locust Avenue at 9AM on October 21st. Volunteers are asked to sign a liability waiver before participating. More information and additional details about the cleanup day can be found at the below links:
EPCAMR (Eastern PA Coalition of Abandon Mine Reclamation) together with the crew of the film Centralia: Pennsylvania’s Lost Town are spearheading the cleanup effort and fundraiser. Cash donations are needed to make the cleanup day possible. Donate now and support this important day for Centralia. Every little bit counts toward cleaning up the area, which has been impacted by a long-burning, underground mine fire. If you are not able to attend the cleanup day, please consider donating to the fundraiser to show your support.
The proceeds of the fundraiser will be used to cover the cost of the dumpsters and service for hauling trash to the landfill. Funds will also be used to purchase food, drinks, water, tools, heavy duty garbage bags, cleanup supplies, hand sanitizer, first aid kits, refreshments, and snacks for the volunteers and EPCAMR staff in attendance.
Other types of donations (such as mailed checks or supplies) can be directed to:
c/o Robert Hughes, Clean-Up Event
101 S. Main St.
Ashley, PA 18706
Why does Centralia, PA need cleaned up? Every year thousands of people visit what remains of the town. Unfortunately, some visitors to the area decide to leave their trash behind. While each incident of littering may seem small, in total this amounts to tons of garbage and trash being dumped around the borough!
Previous cleanup days in Centralia have removed household goods, furniture, old tires, plastics, bottles, glass, cans, vacuum cleaners, baby diapers, carpets, refrigerators, sinks, toilets, and other discarded waste products. Signs warning against the illegal dumping of trash have even been posted. Sadly, the litter continues to accumulate, which is why your support is so important.
Over the last three years, EPCAMR has built a coalition of partners including several of the remaining local residents, Tom Hynoski (Fire Chief of Centralia, Pennsylvania), regional college students, local high school students from North Schuylkill, Girl Scouts from Mount Carmel, Wicked Jeeps: PA Coal Region, Wicked Jeeps: Central PA, the Aristes Fire Company, former Centralia residents, and volunteers who share a passion for cleaning up the borough of Centralia.
Thanks to Bobby Hughes of EPCAMR and Joe Sapienza II, director of Centralia: Pennsylvania’s Lost Town, for organizing this event and providing the information found in this article!