Pick Up NEPA


This Earth Day we’ll be keeping our distance and staying apart, but that doesn’t mean we can’t come together for the one thing that connects us all - the environment!

At Visit Luzerne County, we had big plans for Earth Day and our Pick Up NEPA campaign, but like so much over these last few weeks those plans took a turn. Rather than canceling our clean-up plans, we decided to bring them even closer to home.


Do you see this around house or neighborhood?

Be kind to the earth!


Earth Day, April 22, 2020

Show the Earth some πŸ’š! 
Are you up for the challenge? Here’s what to do:

🌎 This Earth Day we’ll be keeping our distance and staying apart, but that doesn’t mean we can’t come together for the one thing that connects us all - the environment. Get outside and clean up your little spot on this planet… pick up trash from the sidewalk near your home, remove old leaves along your curb or spruce up those flower beds.

🌎 Challenge your friends to do it with you (at their own house/business) by tagging them or sharing on social media . Use hashtag #PickupNEPA and show you did you part showing the earth some love! 

🌎 When you go out to clean your space on  Earth Day,  know that while we may not be working side-by-side, we’re still working together to take care of our environment.


Luzerne County is proud to announce that they are now part of the multi-county campaign that started with the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau named Pick Up the Poconos.  A press conference was recently held in Wilkes-Barre to provide details on this initiative. 

Multi County Anti-Litter Coalition - Visit Luzerne County and Discover Lehigh Valley have taken interest in the Pick Up the Poconos program, and are willing to jump on-board to spread awareness in their regions, creating a multi-county anti-litter coalition. Other organizations such as Keep PA Beautiful and Discover NEPA have offered their support and assistance, as well. Anti-littering television messages will be run across in the Pocono Mountains, Luzerne County, and Lehigh Valley. The added destinations will look to take on the anti-littering program and adapt it to their location. These seven counties all recognize that littering has dozens of negative impacts, but are primarily looking to make the following impacts:

  • Make the environment clean and green for future generations
  • Create a positive impression on visitors to the region, which puts more money into the local economy
  • Reinforce the concept that “tourism cares” and that it gives back to the community
  • Produce a higher sense of pride in the community

For additional comments or questions please see contacts below.
Luzerne County- Theodore B. Wampole, Jr., Executive Director, Visit Luzerne County Theodore.Wampole@luzernecounty.org, 570-819-1877 ext. 6331
Pocono Mountains area, or Pocono 3C,  Brian Bossuyt, Executive Vice President/CMO, Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, bossuyt@poconos.org, 570-534-4543
Lehigh Valley area, contact: Alex Michaels, President & CEO, Discover Lehigh Valley, alex@DiscoverLehighValley.com, 610-882-9200

 We are excited to announce the release of the following research reports:

  • Pennsylvania Litter Research Study
  • The Cost of Litter & Illegal Dumping in Pennsylvania - A Study of Nine Cities Across the Commonwealth.

All documents and related material, including Fact Sheets, News Releases, etc., can be viewed and shared from DEP’s website, www.dep.pa.gov/litteringactionplan