According to a Statewide Illegal Dumpsite Survey Program done by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, the counties of Lehigh, Northampton, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming had "243 sites" with "an estimated 492.5 tons of trash."

 - Wayne County has gotten a little trashy as of late.

According to a Statewide Illegal Dumpsite Survey Program done by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, the counties of Lehigh, Northampton, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming had "243 sites" with "an estimated 492.5 tons of trash."

Of those 243 illegal dumping sites, 43 of them containing 71.75 tons of trash were located in Wayne County.

According to a release, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful embarked on a statewide survey in 2005 to "develop a comprehensive strategic plan to address illegal dumping" throughout the state. The surveys aim to help show citizens that illegal dumping is a "widespread problem" throughout the Commonwealth.

Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, says that the survey "...is a tool that can be used for planning purposes within a community, provide valuable insight into development of solid waste programs and recycling programs, to gain support for funding for public awareness programs and education, as well as to clean the existing dumpsites."

This past spring, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful hired MSW, Consultants, Inc., to determine what the exact community costs are as they relate to illegal dumping. These results will be released this fall.

"This cost data, in conjunction with the illegal dump survey data collected over the past seven years, will serve as key components to building our strategic plan," she said. The plan aims to help stop the problem of illegal dumping throughout the state.

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Secretary Chris Abruzzo said, "This most recent report, which found an estimated total of nearly 500 tons of waste at 243 illegal dumpsites across the six northeastern counties, shows there is more work to be done. We have made considerable progress in recent years and we expect to continue that trend moving forward."

To identify possible illegal dumping activity, municipal offices and various state agencies from the area were contacted. The roads of the counties were then driven and inspected for evidence of possible dumping.

Of the 43 identified illegal dumpsites, 56 percent of those sites were found to be active and 95 percent of those sites were located in a rural area.

The 28 municipalities in Wayne County do not have mandatory trash collection. Only one of those municipalities, totaling four percent, has a curbside recycling program. Sixteen municipalities, 57 percent, have access to recycling drop off program.

Of all of the municipalities in the county, 18 of the 28 "have illegal dumping activity," according to the report. Eight sites in the survey were found to be within 50 feet of either a waterway or body of water, and one of those sites had trash in the waterway itself.

The type of trash found at the dumpsites was also assessed. Seventy-four percent of the dumpsites contained tires or household trash and 70 percent contained bagged trash. Other items found at the sites were construction and demolition waste, along with recyclable items.

The complete list of illegal dumpsites found in the county is listed below by township:

Berlin

• Cortez Road

• Mush Paw Road

Buckingham

• Dillontown Rd.

• Fall Brook Rd.

• Moody Rd.

• O&W Rd.

• SR 191

• SR 370

• Stockport Rd.

• Wallerville Rd.

Canaan

• Fermoy Lane

• O'Connell Rd.

• Savage Rd.

• SR 6

Cherry Ridge

• Cadwalder Rd.

Clinton

• Flat Rock Rd.

• Little Keen Rd.

• Pleasant Mount Drive

Damascus

• Arnolds Rd.

• Callicoon Rd.

•Duck Harbor Rd.

• John Davis Rd.

Dyberry

• Dug Rd.

Lake

• Maplewood Rd.

Lehigh

• SR 507

Manchester

•Old Union Rd.

• River Rd.

Mount Pleasant

• Baxter Rd.

• Mountain Rd.

Paupack

• Goose Pond Rd.

• SR 590

• SR 370

Salem

• Chapman Rd.

• Goosepond Rd.

Scott

• Scott Center Rd.

• Willoway Rd.

South Canaan

• Middle Creek Rd.

• Theobald Rd.

Sterling

• SR 191

Texas

• Bucks Cove Rd.

• Old State Road

• Park Street