Volunteer Recruitment Underway for Southeast Ohio Litter Cleanup Event
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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.