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With snow gone, trash and litter along our roadways is a huge problem

Updated: Friday, March 14 2014, 07:07 AM CDT
Reported by: Kyle Rogers

Now that all that snow has melted, we're starting to see the grass and with it, a lot of trash.

CBS 21’s Kyle Rogers takes I-81 every day to work. He noticed all of the trash and went to PennDOT to see what's going on here?

PennDOT has been very busy with this winter we've had, and they say they're getting around to it.

You think throwing your stuff away in a trash can is easy, but apparently, it's not.

“I just like to see a pretty countryside with no trash,” stated Marie Eshelman, who is a member of a group that adopts a highway.

On I-81 in Franklin County, you'll be welcomed with a smile. But for Marie Eshelman of Greencastle, there's something that's not exactly ribbon-worthy.

“I don’t know why they feel they can take it and throw it out the window and it makes a bad appearance for the State of Pennsylvania,” believes Marie.

As you're driving along the 81 corridor, the trash is scattered along the sides and laying in the median.

“Obviously we’ve had a lot of snow this winter and as it starts to melt, a lot of things appeared,” commented Fritzi Schreffler with PennDOT.

It's on PennDOT's radar, as their teams spend days trying to pick it all up.

“Yes it looks unsightly, we are getting to it,” Frtizi told us. “Obviously were dealing with snow and potholes and other things right now, rain.”

But that's where Marie and volunteers come in to play by adopting a highway.

“Oh my, sometimes we’ve picked up, in that interchange itself, 15-to-20 bags in one pick-up,” Marie told us.

Organizations and families volunteer to beautify the highway, however only with PennDOT's permission.

If you don’t have PennDOT’s permission, “even if it is a good thing to do, you can actually be arrested for being a pedestrian not approved to access to a highway,” Fritzi advised.

But for Marie, who only has a handful of volunteers, she hopes others will help out, too.

“We can’t do of all of it,” Marie warned.

PennDOT could use some more Adopt-a-Highway volunteers.

For more information on how to join, click here:
With snow gone, trash and litter along our roadways is a huge problem

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