Litter Pick-Up Efforts Underway
NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO (Tuesday, April 02, 2013) – Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 crews will once again hit the highways this Friday, April 5th, to address one of the department’s most persistent and preventable problems, litter.
“Taxpayers are on the hook for about $4 million every year for litter cleanup,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “That money could be used to pave roads, buy snowplow trucks or install guardrail or culverts.”
In 2012, ODOT picked up 305,000 bags of litter statewide. Here in eastern Ohio, ODOT crews picked up 10,859 bags of trash at a cost of $126,129.
Fortunately, ODOT does get aid from local volunteer groups, such as universities and its Adopt-A-Highway program that pick up litter in conjunction with the “Great American Cleanup.”
Organized nationally by Keep America Beautiful, the “Great American Cleanup” is the country's largest community improvement program, involving an estimated 3 million volunteers.
ODOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program has nearly 1,400 groups – with at least one group in each county – who have adopted a two-mile section or an interchange along the state highway system, picking up litter and debris a minimum of four times each year.
On average, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers pick up 25,000 bags of trash, saving the department $280,000 annually.
Groups interested in the Adopt-A-Highway program can go online to www.dot.state.oh.us and look for the Adopt-a-Highway icon.
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, District 11 Communications Office, at (330) 308-3949, D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us