The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

The Valley

May 14, 2014

Your Trashy Photos Could Be Worth Money

— NEWTOWN SQUARE — From woodlands strewn with beer cans to creeks pockmarked with tires, litter is a blight on Pennsylvania’s landscape. Just as a wall full of graffiti attracts more scribblers, so litter begets litter. To focus attention on this ugly and avoidable environmental problem, the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) sponsors its annual Lens On Litter Photo Contest, with a deadline of Oct. 31.

Use your camera, iPad or iPhone to identify the worst examples of litter in your Pennsylvania community. The contest is open to amateur photographers only. Contestants will be divided into two classes — school age children and adults. Six prizes, three to each group, will be awarded with first place winners receiving $1,000 in cash, second place $500, third place $250. Almost 70 percent of the counties in Pennsylvania were represented last year. The contest identifies sites, which PRC then targets for clean up through local action — be it the governing body or civic-minded organizations. In the past five years, litter has been removed from over 300 sites. PRC provided literature to the groups describing cleanup methods.

Entries (limit three per person) may be e-mailed to or mailed to Pennsylvania Resources Council, 3606 Providence Road, Newtown Square, PA 19073. All entries must contain the following information: entrant’s name, address, telephone number, title given to photo, and location of litter site. If a school age child, the school grade and school name must be provided. Photos will not be returned and will become the property of PRC. Program sponsors include: AAA Mid-Atlantic, Inc., Air Products and Chemicals, John Battista, Everchem Specialty Chemicals, Sheetz, Inc., Wawa, Inc., and WSFS Bank.


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