COUNTY—The Wayne County Board of Commissioners encourage residents to keep the county clean by taking steps to reduce and counteract littering in the county.

“It's been brought to our attention...,” said Commissioner Chairman, Brian Smith at the May 2 business meeting, “that it seems this year there is an extraordinary amount of litter along our roads after the snow melt.”

“Littering is a disgrace,” Smith continued, noting the population used to be cautioned against it with TV advertisements.

“I think people need to be once again reminded of how awful it is to throw garbage out along the road,” said Smith.

Cleaning up the county

Residents can participate in cleanup efforts such as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Adopt a Highway program, the Pocono Mountain Visitor's Bureau (PMVB) “Pick Up the Poconos” campaign, and the Great American Cleanup.

In the Adopt a Highway program, individuals or volunteer organizations agree to a two-year cleanup of a two-mile stretch of roadway at least two times each year.

PennDOT provides safety vests, trash bags, work gloves, notification signs by request, and other necessary equipment to complete the task.

Additionally, the department of transportation will notify Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) for volunteer safety, and collect the bagged refuse when the event has concluded.

According to a Wayne County Press release, in the last two years, almost 900 volunteers held 95 cleanup events, clearing roughly 55,000 pounds of trash and 155 tires from 200 miles of roadway.

Those looking to adopt a highway can contact Ann Oliveri at 570-253-3130.

More information about the Adopt a Highway program is also available online at www.penndot.gov.

PMVB kicked off the Pick Up the Poconos event last fall with a cleanup on September 29 in Monroe County.

Over 300 volunteers filled more than 700 bags with litter over an 88-mile stretch of roadway.

The next Pick Up the Poconos Day will be held on September 28, 2019.

PMVB adopted a portion of Route 6 near the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center and part of Route 209 in Brodheadsville, picking up 30 bags of trash.

Additionally, the bureau hired Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation (AHMC) to clean 25 miles of Routes 80 and 380 six times per year.

With plans for future cleanups to take place in Wayne, Pike, Monroe and Carbon Counties, PMVB asks local individuals and organizations to join the effort in picking up the Poconos.

Weather-resistant signs are available from PMVB for those individuals, businesses and organizations looking to help promote the litter-free campaign.

Those interested can call PMVB at 570-421-5791 for more information and to request signage.

More information is also available online at: www.pickupthepoconos.com, including anti-littering signage to post along roadways.

Having begun on the first day of spring and running until the end of May, the 21st annual Keep American Beautiful “Great American Cleanup” aims to encourage individuals nationwide to address littering concerns in their communities.

Some cleanup advice offered by Keep America Beautiful includes:

• leading by example with proper disposal of one's own refuse;

• teaching children to properly dispose of trash and recyclable material;

• use reusable goods, materials and shopping bags to reduce one's total amount of waste;

• participate in community cleanup projects and encourage others to do the same.

More information about the Great American Cleanup is available online at: www.kab.org/great-american-cleanup.

—Information from a release was used in this story.