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Posted on: May 14, 2019

Commissioners Urge Citizens to Tackle Roadside Trash

A yard sign with the Pocono Mountains Vacation Bureau swoop logo advising people "We don't tra

HONESDALE (May 14, 2019) The Wayne County Commissioners encourage all citizens to help Keep Wayne County Beautiful by not littering along the roads and highways and by participating in or organizing a roadside clean up.

Each year during the Great American Cleanup of PA, which lasts until May 31, registered events can get free cleanup supplies such as bags, gloves and vests donated by PennDOT, the Department of Environmental Protection, and Keep America Beautiful.

For information, contact Ann Oliveri at PennDOT's Wayne County Adopt-a-Highway Program. Call 570-253-3130.

During the past two years, nearly 900 volunteers cleared 200 miles of roadways of nearly 55,000 pounds of trash and 155 tires as part of 95 clean up events. Across the four Pocono Counties of Wayne, Pike, Monroe and Carbon in 2018 alone, more than 4,000 volunteers picked up over 230,000 pounds of trash from nearly 1,000 miles of roads during 468 event.

#PickUpthePoconos

The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau has started a campaign against roadside trash called #PickUpthePoconos. The website provides information on organizing a litter pluck, offers safety tips and resources as well as spelling out the consequences of littering.

The agency created half a dozen different designs of yard signs encouraging people not to litter. The weather-resistant signs are available to businesses and individuals who would like to promote the anti-litter campaign. Contact PMVB at 570-421-5791.

The PMVB also asks organizations that sponsor special litter pick-up programs to contact them to be included on PickUpthePoconos.com. The second annual Pick Up the Poconos Day is set for Sept. 28, 2019.

"Littering is a disgrace and people need to be reminded not to litter. Our schools are working hard teaching kids to recycle but we need to focus on the adults,” said Wayne County Commissioner Chairman Brian Smith.

Simple Steps to Take

Do your part to end littering.

  • Don't toss; get a trash can for the car or bring a bag.
  • Don't overfill garbage cans and dumpsters; secure from animals.
  • Leave only footprints on hiking trails, rivers and streets.
  • Come prepared; bring a trash bag for the picnic or party.
  • Pick it up! If you see litter and you can safely do so.
  • Spread the word.

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