The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau’s “Pick Up the Poconos” campaign has resulted in more than 7,000 bags worth of litter being picked up and properly disposed of. Want to get involved? Check back for more information on the next Pick Up the Poconos event in Spring 2020!
Prevention – Hold onto your trash until you can dispose of it properly. Never throw anything outside a vehicle’s window. Make sure truck tarps and straps are held down tight so no debris can escape. Do not overfill garbage cans or dumpsters. Secure garbage cans from animals like raccoons and bears.
Leave No Trace – When exploring the Poconos, any trash with you. Leave only footprints on hiking trails, rivers, and downtown streets.
Come Prepared – If you are visiting for the day, create a plan for the trash you may generate. If there are no trash cans where you will be exploring, bring a trash bag with you and find the closest public trash drop-off - or put it in the trunk and bring it home. Never leave trash on the side of the road, or in any unsolicited area.
Pick it Up – If you see litter and it’s safe to do so, pick it up. If you are going hiking, bring along an empty plastic bag and pick up any trash you see as you go. If you are visiting for a few days, make it a goal to pick up at least one piece of garbage per day. Every day is Earth Day in the Pocono Mountains!
Spread the Word – The more that people are aware of the effects of littering, the less litter there will be. If you see somebody littering, tell them the consequences.
Reduce Energy Use – When you leave your hotel room, turn off the AC/heat, lights, and television. Reduce the amount of water used for bathing or showering. Participate in the hotel linen programs or let the hotel know that it's not necessary to change your sheets and towels every day.
Complete a Survey – Have you been on the Appalachian Trail in, or around, the Poconos? Please complete this survey to help improve our trails and be entered to win hiking gear!
Reduce Toiletries Waste – When visiting, bring your own shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc.
Reduce Transportation – Enjoy walking tours and walk where sensible. Carpool and use public transportation when available. Try to group your destinations for the most efficient route to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
Recycle – Participate in hotel recycling programs by placing recyclables in appropriate bins.
Inform Others on the Nearest Dump and Recycling Sites – Rental properties should provide instructions on trash pick-up or drop-off. Nearby residents can point visitors in the right direction for the nearest dump or recycling center.
Get Involved – See what your community is doing to help battle litter and help out. Or, plan your own community clean up using the 5-step guide below. Refer to our Safety Tips and list of Resources for more help.
Pick Up the Poconos is a campaign created by the PMVB, designed to reduce litter in the region. Here’s a list of our efforts and accomplishments:
Our official campaign hashtag is #PickUpThePoconos. Are you helping pick up the Poconos? Share your photos on social media with the hashtag to spread the word!
Tesla Charging Stations - Several Pocono Mountains destinations offer electric car charging through Tesla Motors’ Destination Charging Program: The French Manor Inn and Spa • The Settlers Inn at Bingham Park • Ledges Hotel • Cocoon Coffee House • Times House B&B • The Crossings Premium Outlets
Delaware Highlands Conservancy and our Green Lodging Partners - With every reservation, guests at participating hotels contribute directly to the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and the protection of clean waters, healthy lands and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities in the Upper Delaware River region. Green Lodging Partners in the Pocono Mountains include: The Lodge at Woodloch • Harrington House B&B • Hotel Fauchere • James Manning House B&B • Ledges Hotel • Roebling Inn on the Delaware • Santosha on the Ridge • The Settlers Inn • Woodloch Resort
For more information on how properties in the Poconos are keeping it green, visit the PMVB’s blog, Spotlight on Sustainability.