UTICA – The state Department of Transportation continues to celebrate Earth Day.
Local DOT workers spent the day cleaning up trash alongside Utica’s roads. Maintenance employees as well as engineering and administration staff took advantage of the beautiful weather to do their part in cleaning up.
DOT employees speared trash in front of the canal and along State Route 790. Employees say they want to show the public that they are taking care of the garbage that accumulates in snow banks during the winter.
"The trash along the highway – we not only care about the snow and ice and the drainage, but also to beautify the highway is an important mission of our department,” said Nicholas Choubah of state DOT Region 2.
" A lot of Styrofoam cups, a lot of bottles, cigarette butts, sadly,” said Sean Hennessey, assistant commissioner of Regions 2, 3 and 7 of the state DOT. “Things that people may discard from their vehicle thinking it's biodegradable, and a lot of these aren't.”
DOT officials recommend that drivers carry extra bags in their car to store garbage.