Watch for youth litter crews along King County roads
July 3, 2012
Motorists should use extra caution on King County roads in the months ahead, as teenagers clear litter for the state Department of Ecology.
The agency operates the Ecology Youth Corps program for teenagers ages 14-17. Motorists should watch for orange “Ecology youth working” signs along state highways.
“Safety is our No. 1 priority,” said Steven Williams, regional litter administrator and coordinator for the Ecology Youth Corps. “Every driver needs to stay alert when passing a litter crew. For most crew members, it’s their first job. We’re proud of their work to help keep our roadways litter-free.”
Statewide, Ecology Youth Corps crews cleaned almost 5,225 miles of roadways, picked up 505 tons of litter and recycled 90 tons of materials last year — including more than 84 tons of litter in King County.
Members earn $9.04 per hour, and work 7½ hours per day, Monday through Friday. Crews operate through July 25 and again from July 26 through Aug. 21.
Littering can draw fines up to $1,025. Fines for illegal dumping range from $1,000 to $5,000 — plus jail time.