ODOT and Hotel Employees Take on Trash Duty in Franklin County
Litter Pick-up near Easton Town Center
Columbus (Wednesday, March 24, 2010) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) along with Hilton of Columbus at Easton employees worked side-by-side today to pick up litter along I-270 on the city’s northeast side.
ODOT districts all across the state, along with Adopt-A-Highway volunteers such as the Hilton Hotel employees are picking up recyclables, litter and debris from roadways and interchanges as part of the state’s annual Spring clean-up.
This marks the third year that Hilton hotel employees have picked up trash on I-270. “It’s a shame that trash accumulates the way it does,” said Alan C. Howe, Hotel General Manager. “However, our team at the Hilton Columbus at Easton is proud of our beautiful city, and are committed to help keep it clean for all to enjoy.”
Last year, ODOT forces in District 6, which includes Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway and Union counties picked up more than 55,000 bags of trash and spent more than $530,000 on litter efforts.
“Gathering together to pick up trash along roadways gives Ohioans cleaner and safer roadways, helps to foster pride in communities, develops relationships among neighbors, and positively affects healthy economic development,” said Thomas J. Wester, ODOT District 6 Deputy Director.
Last year, ODOT spent $4 million statewide and used 187,951 labor hours picking up 342,552 bags of litter from highways and interchanges. The cost and time involved to remove litter from the highways could have been used for much needed equipment or highway repairs instead.
Four million dollars is approximately what it costs to purchase 28 new snowplows or to install 340 miles of safety guardrail, pave 20 miles of a four-lane highway or apply pavement markings along 347 miles of highway.
ODOT offers an excellent opportunity year round for volunteers to participate in clean-up programs through the Adopt-A-Highway program.
Ohio has over 1,400 groups - with at least one group in each county – who have joined Adopt-A-Highway and adopted a two mile section or an interchange along the state highway system, picking up litter and debris a minimum of four times each year.
Interested groups can go online to www.dot.state.oh.us and look for the Adopt-A-Highway icon.