McClinton encourages students to help solve Pa. roadway litter problem

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 10 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton is inviting all ninth through 12th grade students in the 191st Legislative District to participate in a statewide initiative to help efficiently and effectively control litter along roadways in the commonwealth.

The Innovations Challenge asks students to look at co-effective technologies and innovative solutions – aside from laws, programs, and education campaigns – that can be developed in the next five to 10 years to help the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation combat this problem.

“Litter scattered along the side of our roadways is not only an eyesore, it’s an environmental hazard. It’s unfortunate that people feel to use the outdoors as their trash can and not think about the consequences,” McClinton said. “Protecting the environment should be a priority for everyone, and today’s youth and future generations will be the most impacted.

“The Innovations Challenge is a wonderful opportunity for our youth to use their creativity and brain power to make a difference. I encourage all students in my district – from Yeadon and Darby to Philadelphia, and all points in between – to participate in this worthy challenge,” McClinton said.  

Regional Innovations Challenge winners will be selected and invited to compete in Harrisburg for the state championship. This year, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Traffic Safety Services Association and the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful organization are providing a combined total award of $3,000 to be divided among the first, second and third place statewide winning teams.

For details on the Innovations Challenge, constituents can visit www.penndot.gov/innovation. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 20.