Talking Trash: Some down in the dumps about sides of highways covered with litter

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – Fast food containers, plastic bottles, garbage bags, and even pieces of cars, are piled up in the grassy areas along state highways in Central New York.

It’s been especially noticed by drivers headed on I-81 near Destiny USA, which many consider a primary entrance to Central New York.

Syracuse’s Department of Public Works has a dedicated crew picking up litter daily, but they’re responsiblity is taking care of the city streets. 

I-81, I-690 and I-481 are the responsibility of the State Department of Transportation.

Greg Loh, the City of Syracuse’s Director of City Initiatatives, tells NewsChannel 9 he’s not shy to pick up the phone and ask the state to address a specific area – and that it’s crews are responsive to those requests.

The State DOT hires a private contractor to pick up the trash. That company is first focused on the University area, and will eventually get to the northside stretch near Destiny USA.

To celebrate Earth Day on Monday, the DOT is dedicating crews to picking up trash.

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