Keep Chester County Beautiful is officially the newest affiliate of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, a volunteer-based community action and education organization that aims to keep the state’s communities clean and beautiful.
At the request of the Chester County Commissioners, the affiliate will be housed in and become a program of the Chester County Planning Commission. The certification of this new affiliate marked the culmination of a public-private-civic partnership process that began with West Vincent Litter Lifters. The Litter Lifters have been an active force, cleaning up litter and illegal dumping through Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s Pick Up Pennsylvania program since 2020.
Keep Chester County Beautiful completed the process of becoming an affiliate by conducting Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s Community Assessment, which is done to gather data about Chester County in six categories:
- residents’ attitude about litter and community image
- existing litter prevention programs
- leaders of community and beautification efforts
- existing waste and recycling policies
- past and current community revitalization efforts
- active volunteer groups
The results of the Community Assessment will be used to guide the development of a local plan to change attitudes and behaviors regarding litter, recycling, beautification, and related issues.
“We place great importance on keeping our county beautiful, and value the guidance of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and all that the organization does to support communities like ours,” said Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell, and Michelle Kichline.
“We also thank everyone associated with West Vincent Litter Lifters for their enthusiasm and their request for a county-wide effort to clean up litter and reduce waste. Their persistence helped to focus our attention on seeking a solution for litter control, and establishing a Chester County affiliate of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful fits well with our county’s sustainability goals.”
Over the next several years, Keep Chester County Beautiful will focus on litter abatement, waste reduction, beautification, and connecting schools and volunteer groups to foster more environmental stewardship opportunities. Senior Environmental Planner Carrie J. Conwell and Sustainability Director Rachael Griffith will serve as coordinators for the Keep Chester County Beautiful affiliate programs.
Learn more about Keep Chester County Beautiful.