More Litter On Long Island Roadways Than Anywhere Else In N.Y. State

April 24, 2018 - 2:52 pm

JERICHO, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- There is more litter on the sides of Long Island roadways than anywhere else in New York state.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, an individual cigarette butt or a gum wrapper might not seem like a big deal. But New York State Department of Transportation spokesman Stephen Cazoneri said it adds up bigtime.

“Just last week alone, we picked up about 18 tons of litter in one week, and this is just part of a two-week push throughout New York state,” Cazoneri said. “Generally, we pick up about 25,000 bags of trash each year, and that costs New York state taxpayers $6 million.”

He said on message boards over state roads, there will be reminders to keep your trash to yourself and not throw it out the window of your car.

“People are inconsiderate. They throw out their, you know, coffee cup in the morning. It becomes a very frequent problem that people are just not aware of, and this is just part of our push to make people aware,” Cazoneri said.