3.13.2012

Trash stashed at last in litter pickup on Route 422

The waste is piling up along the ring road west bank becomes difficult to ignore.

Berks County Commissioner Mark C. Scott realized that, like other area residents who complained to him about it he said.

So Scott asked the Berks jail officials to establish a team of prison inmates in the program for community service work detail in the section of Route 422 between Penn Street and West Neversink Road interchanges. By parts of Reading, West Reading and Cumru and the city of Exeter.

Scott, who is still hampered by a serious leg injury he suffered in the accident last year in the town of Douglass trout farm, in partnership with four inmates and corrections officers to supervise between 9 and 10:30 Wednesday morning. The team will continue throughout the day and return to clean up the west side Thursday morning.

"I was very surprised on the amount of trash on the road," says Scott. "I think this is the worst is over I think one and a half that he was taking the bags of 50 or more, only six of us ..."

Solid Waste Authority area will be coordinated with the maintenance department of the county jail and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

PennDOT workers coned from the right lane and follow PennDOT crews have a dump truck for safety. PennDOT Equipment used the road closures for patching and repairs.

Deany Mount Penn resident Cameron was glad to see the cleaning, when he went to work in a pharmacy in West Reading. Previously, he said his colleagues to clean up the waste if someone can help.

"It just makes my skin crawl," says Cameron.

Cameron criticized the appearance of Route 422 in Reading Eagle March 1 letter to the editor.

Cameron recently traveled to his native Texas for a visit after many years living in Berks and see the streets are relatively free of waste in comparison with the reading of the highway in the area.

"It was awful," said Route 422 and Interstate 176. "Nowhere in all my travels, and recorded more than 4,000 miles on my car, I saw the debris we have on our roads in the area of ​​reading."

PennDOT workers do regular cleaning of litter on state highways, but they may focus on the task because there are so many other priorities in the streets of the district, said Ronald J. Young, a spokesman for the agency.

Cameron's theory that a large amount of paper used in the breeze from a nearby landfill.

"I think it's apathy," he said. "When you see people covered by the way do not really care if only increase the problem."

Scott said the diversity of the litter showed passenger-vehicle and transportation of waste contribute to the problem.

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