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Complaint over trashy roads results in call to action in York County

One woman's facebook post on the heaps of garbage on some local streets has persuaded some people to come out and help

Amy Rhinehart Snook recorded a video of her drive home from out of town to show garbage lining Loucks Mill Road in York County. She then took action herself, posting online a photo of herself holding garbage bags, writing "never got as far as Loucks Mill Rd, but successfully picked up 2 large bags on several blocks of Arch, N George & North Streets."

Snook's post resulted in hundreds of comments on the 'fixing york pa' page. But, on Monday it also resulted in action.

FOX43 arrived to Loucks Mill road in Spring Garden Township early Monday morning to find volunteers picking up every piece of trash they could find. Many told FOX43, they had been working since 9 that morning. Under the overpass of interstate 83, they collected nearly 30 bags along with a recliner chair.

The volunteers said the most common items they found were bottles, fast food bags, and straws. The group plans to gather again on Monday, March 2 at 9 a.m. to pick up trash again on the same roadway.

York County Solid Waste Authority has a program to help anyone who decides to pick up litter.

The authority outlines the following on its website about the free litter disposal program:

WHAT IS THE PROGRAM?

The litter disposal program is an opportunity for community organizations to collect and dispose of up to 2 tons of roadside litter at the York County Resource Recovery Center (RRC) at no cost to the group. Organizations must pre-register for the event by filling out an application (which can be found at the bottom of this page) or by calling Ruthanne Jones at the York County Solid Waste Authority at (717) 845-1066. Applicants will be asked to provide information regarding the type of organization, contact person, phone, address, date and location of clean-up and date of litter delivery to the RRC. Once registered, groups will receive guidelines for participation and a vehicle dashboard placard that will enable them to enter the RRC to deliver litter. The litter disposal program is a great way for community and civic groups to participate in an event that honors our planet and cleans up our community. You can contact Tom Smith at Keep York Beautiful at 717-885-7558 for more information on sites to clean up. 

WHO MAY PARTICIPATE?

Any civic or service group, or municipality sponsoring a community clean-up that is not being performed in conjunction with a fundraiser event. Groups MUST PRE-REGISTER with the York County Solid Waste Authority and are limited to 2 tons of free disposal.