June 16, 2021

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State Dept. of Transportation cleans ups portions of Route 434

APALACHIN (WBNG) — Friday morning, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) recognized Earth Day by hosting “Trash Blitz”.

Workers across the state collected and disposed of trash along different roadways for the Blitz. Locally, NYSDOT employees cleaned up a five-mile stretch of Route 434 between Apalachin and Owego. The NYSDOT’s hope with the Blitz is to bring awareness to motorists on how littering can tarnish the beautiful landscape of New York.

The event was not held in 2020 because of the pandemic.

However, in 2019, 1,960 NYSDOT employees were able to collect over 8,600 bags worth of trash state-wide in the span of three hours.

This is not just a one day effort to keep the side of roadways in New York clean according to Scott Cook, the NYSDOT’s Public Information Specialist.

Cook says that this is a year-round process that costs the NYSDOT up to $10 million annually. Officials believe the best way to reduces this expense is for residents to make sure they do not dispose of their garbage until they can either at home or a rest stop.

The NYSDOT also want to remind people that littering is against the law and fines start at $250.