PA Agencies Promote ‘Litter Enforcement Corridors’

KING OF PRUSSIA PA – Pennsylvania hopes drivers will avoid littering along state highways. That message isn’t new, but its specified “Litter Enforcement Corridors” are relatively recent. The zones in which penalties for littering are significantly higher were locally promoted Thursday (June 10, 2021) by a coalition of agencies and advocates.

The corridors are designated by the state as having “a high aesthetic or historic value worth preserving, or need some additional help with litter issues.” Approved segments are marked with signs notifying travelers they’ll pay more if they throw trash to the curb: doubled fines or penalties for drivers caught scattering rubbish; tripled when it’s done by commercial businesses.

In the Philadelphia region, corridors have been created on parts of U.S. Route 202, Interstate 476, and U.S. Route 30, according to the state Department of Transportation. Its Thursday announcement, made from a site on 202, also involved Pennsylvania State Police, the state Department of Environmental Protection, and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, a non-profit affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc. A series of similar events is being held statewide.

“Litter pollution is a stain on Pennsylvania, from our roads and neighborhoods to our countryside and woodlands. It affects our health and safety, our economy, and the natural environment we depend on and cherish,” state Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell explained. “As litter continues to pile up, however, (corridors are) a good example of the direction we must move in, prevention.”

PennDOT reportedly spends more than $13 million a year on litter efforts statewide, and nearly $5 million a year in the Philadelphia region alone. Legislation creating enforcement corridors was authorized in 2018.

Municipalities also can create enforcement corridors too, state Transportation Secretary Yassmin Gramian added. More information for their use, she said, is available in PennDOT’s Roadside Beautification Manual, here.

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