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Roadside cleanup

State DOT crews clean up garbage along the Northway in Saratoga County on Tuesday. Melting of snow each spring reveals trash that shows what slobs some people are.

Few things are more disgusting than the state of our roadsides at the beginning of spring, when the melting of snowbanks reveals months of garbage that has been tossed from vehicles.

Thankfully the state Department of Transportation had crews out on the Northway this week picking up all of the trash that landed along the highway during the winter and was obscured by snow. There were dozens of bright orange trash bags up and down the highway Tuesday.

But really, who throws garbage out of their vehicle in 2018?

It's not just the Northway that is soiled, you can find it along pretty much any busy road this time of year. Routes 4 and 149 are a disaster from Queensbury into Washington County. Beer cans and bottles seem to be much of it, which shows another scary issue, morons drinking in vehicles as they drive or are driven. Cigarette packets, soda cans and food containers seem to make up most of it.

(Funny, in the millions of pieces of garbage I have seen along our highways over the past couple of weeks, I don't recall any Post-Star weekly papers among them. Priorities anyone?)

Thankfully there are civic groups out there that adopt highways and clean them up, or hold annual events to clean. It's sad that we need them and so many people can't accomplish the simple task of disposing trash the right way, frankly.

-- Don Lehman



Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on

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