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ODOT Steps Up Volunteer Recruitment for Spring Litter Cleanup Events
 
COLUMBUS (Monday, April 9, 2012) – With only one week left until the largest litter pickup event in southeastern Ohio, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is asking volunteer groups, individuals, businesses and organizations to pre-register for the event online at: http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Operations/Maintenance/Pages/SRCRegistration.aspx
 
The Saturday, April 14th litter pickup is 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.
 
There are two opportunities for volunteers:
·         ATHENS COUNTY
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.
 
·         LAWRENCE COUNTY
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.
 
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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