Despite the stay-at-home order that has kept Pennsylvanians cooped up for the past month, reports of littering and illegal dumping have increased drastically across the commonwealth, including Monroe County.
Janet Sweeney, director of Keep Northeastern Pennsylvania Beautiful and Vice President of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, said that she has also received reports of increased littering on state lands.
“I have also heard from several of my trail partners that there has been a noticeable increase in trail users and a corresponding increase in litter along the trails,” Sweeney said. “It is very unfortunate that this resource, which is helping people cope with this situation, is also experiencing more littering by the people who are using at as a refuge of sorts. I know most of our trail partners have signed ‘carry in carry out’ and ‘leave no trace’ policies in place, but these are not always heeded.”