The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) in co-operation with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are once again providing sites for disposal of in-vehicle litter. The program is starting May 15th, 2016 and will continue to run until Thanksgiving weekend.
The Stash Your Trash program is located between Wawa and Sault Ste Marie. There are 15 signed sites with special containers for disposal of your in-vehicle litter. The program has been strongly supported by the public. Since its’ inception over 18,000 bags of trash have been collected. This number has been increasing each year. Thanks to the motoring public this program continues to be successful!
The Canadian Carver at Pancake Bay and Tim Horton’s of Wawa continue to assist with the program along with recent addition of Transfield Services. These sponsors are assisting in the production of the in-vehicle litter bag in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation.
Bags may be picked up at the Sault Ste. Marie OPP Detachment, the Sault Ste. Marie MTO Area office in the Roberta Bondar Building, the Canadian Carver, and the visitors centre in Wawa.
Road users between Sault Ste. Marie and Wawa will again have highly visible and easily accessible disposal sites beside the highway. The sites are not meant for the disposal of household waste. Misuse of the sites in the past has resulted in strewn trash from bags ripped open by animals and in extreme cases human encounters with bears. Sites have been closed in the past due to misuse and are subject to permanent closure where misuse is excessive.
Some tips for items that are not appropriate for the sites include:
- Building materials
- Propane tanks
- Household garbage
Items that are meant for the program include:
- Fast food containers
- Coffee cups
- Snack containers
The MTO and the OPP will work together to identify offenders who are caught littering on the Highway. Littering under the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario carries a fine of $110.00.
Everyone can help by calling the OPP if you see road users littering. The toll free number to call the OPP is 1-888-310-1122. You can also contact the OPP free of charge on a cell phone by pressing *OPP (*677).
The point of contact for the program is Lance Knox, Ministry of Transportation District Office and can be reached at 705-945-6620. The MTO and the OPP thank all road users who have taken ownership and responsibility of the environment and their trash.
LET’S ALL CONTINUE BE PART OF THE SOLUTION
STASH YOUR TRASH!