Pocono Interstates Littered with Trash

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MONROE COUNTY -- A mattress parked on the side of Interstate 80 near Bartonsville; boxes, cans, and bottles welcoming you to downtown districts -- it's what drivers see on Interstates 80 and 380 in the Poconos.

"I think they should have a patrol truck out there picking that stuff up, along with the animals. I know they do some of it, but it's appalling," said Lancelot Owens, Tannersville.

"Well, let's see, I saw dirty diapers and lots of cans and bottles," said John Smith, New York state.

PennDOT crews are responsible for picking up the litter. This time of year, they often rely on volunteers from Adopt-A-Highway and The Great American Cleanup to help pick up the trash.

John Smith from New York state drives these interstates regularly. He says the amount of trash seems to grow each time he makes a trip.

"I drive through Pennsylvania a lot to Maryland and Delaware a lot, and I don't remember it being this dirty. I would imagine they would want it cleaned up," said Smith.

This time last year, Newswatch 16 did a similar story about all the litter on the interstates and highlighted two black garbage bags marked "danger, asbestos." One year later, those bags are still there.

PennDOT officials say they were not made aware of these bags, but do plan to get them removed.

Still, it's concerning to some residents.

"How many thousands of people get affected from that stuff? You don't know what is does to your lungs and things like that and those two bags are still there. I guess they are really busy picking up stuff, huh," said Owens.

Others like David Siegfried from Reeders think there should be stricter penalties for litterbugs.

"They should get big fines. They should be a little more respectful to the area is what they should be," said Siegfried.

PennDOT officials tell us volunteers are scheduled to come out throughout the spring, and while crews are doing pothole patching, they will also clean up what they can.

Anyone who sees trash being thrown out onto the highway is asked to call 1-800-FIX-ROADS to report the issue.


  • Solomon Grundy

    I don’t see a problem here…the trash on the roads matches the trash that has infiltrated the area and now lives there!

  • Jd

    That’s what I said several weeks ago, but my comment got moderated! I agree with you 100 per cent.

  • Jenn M.

    I hate seeing trash everywhere, I understand it must be picked up but they need to come up with a solution to catch people littering …most likely it’s being done at night …people seem to think its ok to throw whatever they want out there like the earth will make it magically disappear

  • sasquatch

    Maybe the former judge/district attorney that got nailed for the DUI can be sentenced to litter brigade oh that’s right the PA buddy system will kick in……..

  • RicU.

    We are looking at 7 months of NO Cleanup by the PENN DOT union. As this is a temporary assignment, tell the union to take a hike and put some of the $350.00 “residents” of the “correctional” facilities to work for a day or two a week.

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