Litter Costs the State Millions
- Each year, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is forced to pull skilled workers off highway repairs to clean other people’s trash.
- ODOT spends nearly $4 million each year on litter pickup…a preventable problem. That money could be used to:
o Install 160 culverts, or
o Pave a 28-mile, two-lane road, or
o Purchase 27 new snowplow trucks
- In 2013, ODOT alone picked up 371,500 bags of litter.
- Here in District 6, ODOT crews picked up nearly 38,000 bags of trash in 2013 at a cost of more than $450,000.
- Ohio relies on its 1,400 Adopt-A-Highway groups – at least one in each of Ohio’s 88 counties to aid in litter pickup.
- Each Adopt-A-Highway group volunteers to clean up a two-mile section, or interchange, and pick up litter and debris a minimum of four times a year for two years. On average, Adopt-A-Volunteers pick up 25,000 bags of trash saving ODOT $280,000.
- Most litter collects along the highways in one of two ways: 1) People intentionally throw trash from their cars, or 2) Trash falls from trucks whose loads have not been properly secured.
Pictured above: Crews picking litter along I-71 near Hudson Street in Franklin County this morning.