The top 5 litter items thrown on Pennsylvania roads

Litter along Berks highways

Reading Eagle – Approximately 502.5 million pieces litter are estimated to be on Pennsylvania roadways, according to the first statewide comprehensive research on litter. The study released last month by Department of Environmental Protection, PennDOT and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. 

The estimate is based on on-the-ground litter counts in 180 locations statewide.

Here are the top 5 items:

1. Cigarette butts The majority of litter on Pennsylvania roadways were 4-inches or smaller and cigarette butts make up 37% of the litter. That’s about 186 million butts. Some communities are installing public cigarette receptacles to help manage cigarette butts but the problem might be exacerbated by the fact that in-car ashtrays are becoming less common in today’s vehicles.

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