On Saturday, September 24, 2016 a cleanup day will be held in Centralia, Pennsylvania.
Volunteers interested in helping to pickup trash should meet at the Centralia Municipal Building at 9AM. Lots of parking is available across the street. Garbage bags, gloves, and other supplies will be provided throughout the day for anyone attending.
In addition, a tasty hot lunch will be served to those who assist in the effort. Sexy Pig BBQ of Frackville, PA has generously offered to setup their grills and cook for the cleanup volunteers.
2016 marks the third year that a cleanup day has been held in Centralia, PA. Previous efforts have helped to remove many tons of garbage that has been illegally dumped within the borough limits.
This year’s effort is being led by Robert Hughes of the Eastern PA Coalition for Abandon Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR). The day was made possible after a successful fundraiser, which raised over $1,800, as well as the donation of dumpsters from Mostik Brothers in Mount Carmel. Many thanks to everyone who donated!
Illegal dumping is a major problem in Centralia. After most residents left the town in the 1980s and 1990s, visitors to the area have found it a convenient spot to dispose of unwanted garbage. Previous cleanup efforts have removed old tires, household goods, furniture, plastics, bottles, cans, glass, vacuum cleaners, baby diapers, carpets, refrigerators, sinks, toilets, and other waste products.
Saturday’s cleanup day will be focusing on the area near Railroad Ave. and Park St. In these spots, trash is frequently thrown over a guardrail and down an embankment.
All interested volunteers are welcome to attend and help. However, they should be aware that this cleanup effort will not be focused on popular locations like the Graffiti Highway or the mine fire burn zone. Volunteers will be encouraged to stay within the designated areas focused on the cleanup. Wandering into unchecked portions of Centralia Pennsylvania can hold hazards such as ground subsidence.
If you are interested in helping Centralia, meeting a few locals, and exploring a bit of the borough, please come out to the cleanup day on Saturday, September 24th.