With sunny, warm weather, PennDOT's Great American Cleanup campaign was out in force, Saturday, April 14. Among the volunteer crews were a group of citizens organized by Mike Coppola, cleaning up the sides of Route 6 from The Settlers Inn, Hawley to Wayne County Ford.

PALMYRA TWP. (Wayne) - With sunny, warm weather, PennDOT’s Great American Cleanup campaign was out in force, Saturday, April 14. Among the volunteer crews were a group of citizens organized by Mike Coppola, cleaning up the sides of Route 6 from The Settlers Inn, Hawley to Wayne County Ford.

Coppola said they had 27 volunteers who collected 165 bags of garbage in three hours. They went under the group name, “Keep Hawley/Honesdale Beautiful.”

Eight of them were East Stroudsburg North high school students. Sunday was much colder but seven volunteers came out to pick litter at the Route 6/652 intersection and beyond. After doing a section on his own last year, Coppola did a “recruitment blitz” this time, mainly on Facebook and with flyers.

One of the group was quite surprised to find a dollar along the roadside. Another person found a purse half buried in dirt that contained nothing but $40 in singles, a Poli-grip tube but no I.D.

There were a few hypodermic needles found. Coppola said that these were placed in a proper bio-hazard container. “Most of the garage was typical beer cans/bottles, coffee cups, etc.,” he said. Someone’s lost hubcap was found.

He said he was very pleased with the effort, with nearly 200 pounds of trash removed from the roadway.

Businesses offered discounts for volunteers. In particular, he mentioned Twisted Rail Tavern, Black & Brass Coffee and Bongo Roadhouse.

PennDOT supplied the safety vests, gloves and bags. PennDOT goes around after a scheduled event to collect the bags of trash.

They were one of several groups that were participating in Wayne County.

Great American Cleanup of PA (www.gacofpa.org) is sponsored each year by PennDOT, DEP, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and other partners.  Groups participating in PennDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) program, which involves volunteers cleaning roadsides year round, are also encouraged to participate in the cleanup.

During last year’s Great American Cleanup across Pennsylvania, there were 7,280 events and 132,695 volunteers, PennDOT reports. There was 5,346,943 pound of trash disposed. Volunteers cleaned 11,168 miles of roads, trails and shorelines.

The 2018 campaign runs from March 1 to May 31.

Coppola said that his group is planning more cleanups in the area over the next several weeks.

“Keep Hawley/Honesdale Beautiful” may be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hawleyhonesdalepa . Contact them for more information.
For more about PennDOT’s Great American Cleanup program, visit gacofpa.org.


Editor’s Note: Other groups that participated in the Great American Cleanup or will be, are welcome to send reports as well as pictures to The News Eagle, at news@neagle.com.