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Community Clean-Up Turns into Big Mess
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What started out as a spring clean-up effort in the Poconos ended up as just the opposite, which was a big mess. Police said people started illegally dumping all sorts of trash where volunteers had just cleaned up.

On Saturday, the Maintenance Department at Pocono Farms had a "Spring Cleaning" Day. Volunteers helped to pick up trash along the road in the development near Tobyhanna.

Once collected, the trash was bagged and placed at a site outside the development for PennDOT to pick up and toss.

"What happened here is a community association was trying to do a positive thing and other people came along and decided to start piling trash there," said Sergeant Jeffrey Bowman of the Pocono Mountain Regional Police.

"It's disgusting and unimaginable that people would start dumping because they saw bags along the road," said Doug Hein, the Coolbaugh Township Controller.

By Tuesday the cleanup site turned into a huge illegal dumping site filled with all sorts of rubbish.

"Shingles, old furniture, mattresses, tires. Just general debris, garbage," said Sergeant Bowman.

"Couches, computers, TV's, paint cans, oil, bottles, household garbage," said Hein.

Workers said 15 dump trucks were filled with the enormous amount of garbage that was collected in the area. There was so much garbage, the workers said some of it spilled onto Route 611 and on Cayuga Drive.

The Pocono Mountain Regional Police patrolled the illegal dumping site to make sure no one else was adding to the pile.

"There was, I believe, another ten people who showed up there trying to dump stuff," said Sergeant Bowman, "The police were there and private security,"

Officials with Monroe County Litter Control said they have sifted through the trash and found some names.

Police are now investigating and whoever is responsible will face fines of up to $1,000.

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