Litter Letter Project


The Litter Letter project is a collaborative effort of local citizens, businesses and organizations seeking to raise awareness about the impact of litter on our environment and in our community. Using life size letters that are constructed out of chicken wire and rebar, area groups will collect trash from local streets and parks, filling each letter as a visual symbol of how our actions impact our neighborhoods.

Lancaster’s Litter Letter Project, RETHINK, will be installed on the front lawn of J.P. McCaskey High School.

What is litter?
It’s simply trash that is put in the wrong place — a place where it doesn’t belong! Trash can belong in the garbage can, in the recycling bin, in a reuse facility, at the sanitary landfill or the waste-to-energy plant. Where it does not belong is on the ground, in the rivers or oceans or blowing in the air.

Trash Facts:

  • Nationwide there are an estimated 51.2 billion pieces of litter on our nation’s roadways. That’s 6,729 items per mile!
  • The annual cost to clean up litter and illegal dumps in Lancaster City is estimated at $2.1 million.
  • Individuals are the source of litter— 81% of littering acts are intentional.

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Let’s rethink what is trash. Let’s rethink what can be art. Let’s rethink how we can make art together. Let’s rethink how our city can collaborate and create together.
Let’s Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, RETHINK!



For more information, contact:

Fritz Schroeder
Lancaster County Conservancy Director of Urban Greening
(717) 392-7891 x 207

Libby Modern
(610) 761-9799