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Litter

  • Do not compact trash bags because injuries from sharp or broken objects can occur.
  • Do not try to pick up tires and heavy objects.
  • Call 1-800-FIX-ROAD to have heavy objects and tires picked up.
  • Pile trash bags in a visible area and notify PennDOT to pick them up.
  • Learn more about litter on our Litter Facts page

Never pick up:

  • Antifreeze
  • Abandoned barrels
  • Broken automotive batteries
  • Bulging or dented containers
  • Chemical containers
  • Containers of unidentifiable materials or leaking an unknown substance
  • Dead animals
  • Gas cans
  • Hypodermic needles
  • Materials that appear to be hazardous
  • Narcotics
  • Paint cans
  • Pesticide/herbicide containers
  • Propane tanks
  • Unidentifiable containers
  • Used oil

Hazardous Conditions

Unfortunately, you may come across unsafe or even hazardous items as part of cleaning up litter and beautifying Pennsylvania's highways. If you find a gun, knife or any weapon, do not touch it. Note the location and tell your group leader so your group leader can call the police immediately.

If you find any syringes, which are considered biohazardous materials, do not touch them. Note the location and again tell your group leader so your group leader can call the police immediately.

If you see any items that have radioactive or biohazard symbols on them, do not touch them. Note the location, tell your group leader and then your group leader can call the police.

A brochure from the Pennsylvania State Police identifies the dangers associated with one-pot methamphetamine labs (PDF).

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