Volunteer Recruitment Underway for Southeast Ohio Litter Cleanup Event

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is partnering with Keep Ohio Beautiful (KOB) and Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful (KSEOB) to recruit volunteers for a U.S. Route 33 Roadside Cleanup event in Athens County, all in support of the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup campaign.
This event is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2013 between 8 a.m. and noon at the Wayne National Forest headquarters located between The Plains and Nelsonville, Ohio.  Registration starts at 7:30 a.m.
Individual or group volunteers are asked to register their team online in advance of the cleanup event here.
From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the following additional activities are open to the public:
• FREE Scrap Tire Drop-off, with the capacity to collect up to 1200 scrap tires thanks to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Athens City-County Health Department and Athens Sheriff’s Department.
• FREE Shred Day for confidential records by Information Destruction Services, Inc.
• FREE disposal of prescription drugs in support of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
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 also 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 transportation.ohio.gov and look for the Adopt-A-Highway icon.