Yesterday, the New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez announced that 1,650 department maintenance employees and office staff participated in a “Trash Blitz” across the state.
The cleanup effort is to commemorate Earth Day 2022 and encourage motorists to properly dispose of trash.
Overall across the state workers collected 11,146 bags of litter across state highways.
“New York State is a national leader when it comes to protecting our environment, and the example set by our dedicated DOT employees during this annual cleanup effort is something we all need to look up to and emulate every day of the year,” Commissioner Dominguez said. “Keeping our roadways free of litter and debris is vital to protect the public health as well as the safety of everyone who is using our roads. With cleaner roadways, we can foster safer, healthier, more vibrant communities across our state.”
NYSDOT will continue routine maintenance cleanup as resources allow. Motorists are urged to extend the results of this major cleanup by keeping their personal trash inside their own vehicles until they can dispose of it at proper trash receptacles.