Allegheny CleanWays' 2010 Volunteer of the Year

About a year ago, Joe Divack was paying his respects to relatives buried in a cemetery in the Sheraden section of Pittsburgh. As he was leaving the cemetery, he noticed some litter and debris. Further investigation led to the discovery of an illegal dumpsite. It took Joe numerous visits, but he completely removed that illegal dumpsite. By the time he finished, he was hooked! Throughout the winter, Joe used the Pittsburgh Illegal Dumpsite Survey to locate and clean up dumpsites, usually working daily.   By spring, Joe was a regular at all of Allegheny CleanWays cleanups. Joe was the impetus to the Allegheny CleanWays’ Rapid Response Team (DumpBusters), a small group of seriously committed and trained volunteers who respond quickly to dumping situations.

Allegheny CleanWays was proud to honor Joe at Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful's Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner at the Fred Rogers Center, St. Vincent's College, Latrobe, PA on October 27th, 2010.

Joe Divack accepting a custom-made walking stick.

Illegal Dumpsite Survey

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful has released reports for the City of Pittsburgh, along with 13 counties, from their Illegal Dumpsite Survey Program. 279 dumpsites with a total estimated tonnage of 676 tons were located within the city. Completed surveys are available for downloading on the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful website Pittsburgh Illegal Dumps Survey. Click here for the updated map.