NARROWSBURG – The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway is tackling litter along Route 97 with new signage, free reusable cloth bags, WIFI-enabled solar trash receptacles, and other initiatives.
The non-profit organization marks its 20th anniversary in 2022 in protecting the region’s character, heritage and beauty, while encouraging economic development through tourism and recreation.
Eight 24-inch round signs featuring the byway’s logo and reading “Please Keep (community name) Beautiful and Clean, No Littering” are being installed in Port Jervis, Deerpark, Pond Eddy, Barryville, Narrowsburg, Cochecton, Callicoon, and Hancock.
The organization has also ordered 5,000 American-made “ragbags” made from bio-based materials and designed to be repurposed as a cleaning cloth.
The Scenic Byway also hopes to introduce solar-powered, WIFI-enabled “Big Belly” compacting trash receptacles along Route 97, experimentally at four initial locations to include two sites in the Town of Highland, the Route 97 rest area pull-off in the Town of Lumberland, and downtown Narrowsburg in the Town of Tusten.