Duquesne Light Employee Volunteers Collect Almost 20 Yards of Trash During Inaugural River Trail Day

On Friday, Oct. 9, nearly 20 Duquesne Light Company (DLC) employees volunteered for the inaugural River Trail Day to help clean the shorelines and trails along the Ohio River behind our Seymour Street and Woods Run facilities. Volunteers spent the day collecting and properly disposing of 17 cubic yards of trash, including 132 tires.

Until this year, DLC had participated in the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Committee’s annual River Sweep event for 30 years. This year, DLC shifted gears by teaming up exclusively with nonprofits Friends of the Riverfront and Allegheny CleanWays for the first River Trail Day. Led by John Bigi, environmental services supervisor at DLC, the event was an opportunity for DLC to partner with local organizations that are committed to protecting our environment.

“While it’s great that many people are spending more time outdoors these days, it’s crucial that we respect the environment and dispose of trash and other items in a responsible way,” said Bigi. “I’m extremely thankful for our employees and community partners who participated in this important event. And I’m especially grateful to Dale Lengyel from our Security team and our Property Services, Vegetation Management and Transportation groups for their tremendous help.”

Volunteer Liz Lengyel, work plan/scheduling associate for DLC’s Metering team, won a prize for finding the most interesting piece of trash — a pony figurine. Other notable items included TVs, mattresses and a skateboard.

“It was amazing to see the full dumpster and record-breaking number of tires,” said volunteer Emily Foster, GIS analyst, DLC. “It feels good to know that, through this event, we’re making a positive impact on our community and the environment.”

In addition to the event, DLC donated $2,500 each to Friends of the Riverfront and Allegheny CleanWays to help support their efforts.

Commitment to the Community

Even during the pandemic, DLC is committed to finding ways to safely give back to our communities and support our neighbors in need. Employee volunteers have participated in a number of opportunities in recent months, including:

This Monday, the company will launch its “Campaign for the Community” employee giving initiative, where employees will have an opportunity to donate to local nonprofits of their choice and receive a dollar-for-dollar company match.

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About Duquesne Light Company

For more than 100 years, Duquesne Light Company has provided safe and reliable electric service to communities in southwestern Pennsylvania. Today, our core values of safety, integrity, dependability, equity and community enable us to serve more than 600,000 customers in two counties, including the city of Pittsburgh. We are committed to safely powering our customers’ lives while playing a leading role in our region’s clean energy transition. Our vision is to create a larger-than-light, clean energy future for all by delivering exceptional results today and boldly harnessing opportunities for tomorrow. In doing so, we can ensure a cleaner, healthier and more equitable community for generations to come.


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