Litter Pickup Volunteers Save ODOT Hundreds of Thousands
COLUMBUS (Wednesday, April 11, 2012) – Now that spring has officially sprung, Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) crews and local volunteer groups are focusing their attention on cleaning highways. In conjunction with the “Great American Cleanup,” ODOT maintenance crews will be picking up litter along Ohio’s roadways all week.
“Litter mars Ohio’s landscape and costs the state $4 million each year to pick up,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “It is the only work ODOT performs that is 100 percent preventable.”
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 also has help in the fight against litter. District 11 has about 100 different volunteer Adopt-A-Highway groups that assist with litter pick up along state routes.
Locally, ODOT’s county maintenance crews will be picking up litter this Friday, April 13th throughout eastern Ohio.
Through the Adopt-A-Highway program, ODOT has nearly 1,400 groups statewide – 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.
Interested groups can go online to www.transportation.ohio.gov and look for the Adopt-a-Highway icon or by contacting the ODOT facility nearest them.