Each year, the City of Lancaster pays an estimated $2.1 million to clean up litter and illegal dumps. In an effort to help residents consider the impact of litter on the environment and in our community, LCSWMA and several community partners came together to bring the Litter Letter Project to Lancaster.
Established two years ago by designer and educator Rachael Hatley, the Litter Letter Project is a 3-D public art project that seeks to provoke response, thought and action regarding the impact of litter.
Since its inception in 2013, the Litter Letter Project has spread to four other states - Tennessee, Arizona, Iowa and Pennsylvania. Lancaster is the third city in Pennsylvania to adopt the concept.
Using life-size letters constructed out of chicken wire and rebar, Lancaster community groups collected litter from local streets and parks, filling each letter as a visual symbol of how littering affects neighborhoods. More than 130 bags of litter were used to fill the six-foot high letters.
The letters, installed on the front lawn of J.P. McCaskey High School, spell the word "ReTHINK" and will remain in place through November in hopes of catching people's attention and urging them not to litter.