Sheetz Helping to Keep Keystone State Clean

Retailer sponsoring 2015 Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Sheetz (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores / Gas Stations)

ALTOONA, Pa. --Convenience store retailer Sheetz Inc. is the newest sponsor of the 2015 Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, the annual signature event of Keep PennsylvaniaBeautiful, which runs from March 1 to May 31.

"Sheetz is thrilled to partner with Keep PA Beautiful," said Ryan Sheetz, director of brand strategy. "Being connected in the communities in which we operate is an important part of the Sheetz DNA. We encourage our local team members to get out in their local areas and not only be ambassadors for Sheetz, but good members of the community. We believe that what we do now for the state of Pennsylvania is important and will impact future generations."

"Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and Sheetz Inc. share the goal of creating healthier communities by collaboration," said Shannon Reiter, president of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. "We are passionate about the positive benefits that working together will provide our communities and the Great American Cleanup empowers citizens to collaborate at a local level. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is honored and grateful for the support of Sheetz." Sheetz joins other 2015 event supporters including convenience store retailer Wawa Inc., the state Department of Environmental Protection, the state Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association, the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, Weis Markets Inc., Waste Management, Republic Services, Steel Recycling Institute, Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, Giant Eagle Inc., Giant Food Stores Inc., Wegmans Food Markets and Wakefern Food Corp. supporting ShopRite, Fresh Grocer and PriceRite.

During the cleanup period, registered events can get trash bags, gloves and safety vests from PennDOT district offices, as supplies last. Events can be litter cleanups, illegal dump cleanups, beautification projects, special collections and educational events.

As part of this event, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association will sponsor Let's Pick It Up PA--Everyday from April 11 to May 4. During the Pick It Up PA Days, registered events will be able to take the trash collected during their cleanup to participating landfills for reduced or free disposal. Since the inception of this event in 2004, approximately 1.6 million volunteers removed nearly 80.6 million pounds of litter from the Pennsylvania landscape and planted more than 136,300 trees, bulbs and flowers.

Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz has more than $6.9 billion in revenue and operates 500 convenience stores throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina.

Part of CSP's 2015 Convenience Top 101 retailers