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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation issued a range of COVID-19 guidance as it restarted Adopt-A-Highway activities across the state on July 8.

Yassmin Gramian. Photo by PennDOT.

“As Pennsylvania reopening efforts continue, these vital volunteer clean-up activities will resume,” explained Yassmin Gramian, PennDOT secretary, in a statement. “I am grateful to the thousands of volunteers and encourage their continued vigilance to protect their health and the health of others while helping to keep Pennsylvania beautiful.”

In continued preventive measures against the spread of COVID-19, PennDOT said Adopt-A-Highway volunteers must adhere to all Centers for Disease Control and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines while carrying out roadway cleanup activities, including social distancing, wearing of masks by individuals, washing hands frequently and using hand sanitizer whenever appropriate.

Photo by Dorie Heyer/U.S. Navy

PennDOT added that it would continue to provide volunteer cleanup groups with safety vests, trash bags, work gloves, and other equipment, with agency crews picking up bagged litter from the roadside.

In February, PennDOT released the results of a Pennsylvania Litter Research Study – conducted from 2018 through 2019 in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Keep America Beautiful, and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.

That study found that more than 502 million pieces of litter had to be removed from Pennsylvania’s roads, with the most common trash being cigarette butts (37 percent) and plastics (30 percent), while plastic film and beverage containers are the most prevalent items – with an estimated 29.3 million beverage containers alone littering the state’s roads.

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