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Highway Department Joins in Statewide Roadside Pickup “Trash Blitz” in Honor of Earth Day

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Highway Department Joins in Statewide Roadside Pickup “Trash Blitz” in Honor of Earth Day

Friday, April 20, 2018

Tompkins County Highway will be out in force Monday to beautify county roadsides in celebration of Earth Day.

The department will participate in the New York State Department of Transportation’s Statewide Trash Blitz roadside pickup all day Monday, April 23.  Highway staff, joined by employees from other County public works departments, will be collecting roadside litter.  The effort will focus on all County Roads not already “adopted” by other volunteer organizations as part of Tompkins County’s active “Adopt-a-Highway” program.

Highway Director Jeff Smith commends the DOT for initiating the Trash Blitz initiative.  “I think it’s great, and thank them for reaching out and getting us involved,” Smith states.  “And kudos also to our employees for getting out and being part of this effort.

“A lot of our roadsides are already being cleaned up by those volunteering through our robust ‘Adopt-a-Highway’ program,” Director Smith notes.  “We are extremely grateful for their efforts.”  More than 50 groups volunteer to provide this service to the public.

To find out more or to look into “adopting” a County Highway, visit the Highway Department website at www.tompkinscountyny.gov/highway/adopt or call the department at 607-274-0300.