ODOT Recruiting Volunteers for Spring Litter Cleanup Events
COLUMBUS (Friday, February 17, 2012) – Volunteer recruitment is underway for the kickoff of the Ohio Department of Transportation's (ODOT) State Roadway Cleanup, scheduled for southeastern Ohio on Saturday, April 14, 2012. It's all part of Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community improvement program.
Join ODOT, Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful and Keep Ohio Beautiful as they combine forces this year to pick up litter, recyclables and debris on roadways in Athens and Lawrence County. Event organizers are inviting area groups, businesses and organizations to join in this event by pre-registering online at: http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Operations/Maintenance/Pages/SRCRegistration.aspx
There are two opportunities for volunteers:
o   Where: Wayne National Forest Headquarters & Welcome Center located off U.S. Route 33 between The Plains and Nelsonville.
o   When: Saturday, April 14, 2012 8:30 a.m. The cleanup is expected to be completed by noon.
o   What: After a short kickoff ceremony at 9 a.m., volunteers will be shuttled to area roadways.
o   Where: Etna Street Skate Park in downtown Ironton
o   When: Saturday, April 14, 2012 8:30 a.m. The cleanup is expected to be completed by noon.
o   What: Following a short kickoff ceremony at 9 a.m. volunteers will begin their pickup at area sites.
On average, ODOT spends $4 million each year picking up nearly 400,000 bags of trash from highways and interchanges. The cost and time involved for crews to remove litter, however, could be used for much-needed equipment or highway repairs.
ODOT offers an excellent volunteer opportunity year round for volunteers to participate in clean-up programs through its Adopt-A-Highway program. Volunteers adopt a two-mile section of roadway or an interchange along the state highway system, picking up litter and debris a minimum of four times each year.
Groups interested in Adopt-A-Highway can go online to www.dot.state.oh.us and look for the Adopt-A-Highway icon.
For more information,  contact: Steve Faulkner, ODOT Press Secretary, at 614-644-7101, steve.faulkner@dot.state.oh.us or your local ODOT District Communications Office