Volunteers lessen cost of litter pickup

Four Million Dollars a Year Spent on Litter Pick-up
 
NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO (Tuesday, April 15, 2014)Each year, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is forced to spend $4 million on litter pick-up – a preventable problem. That money could be used to pave roads, buy snowplow trucks, or install guardrail and culverts.
 
“Not only is litter expensive, but it takes us away from more important roadwork,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray.
 
Statewide last year, ODOT spent $4.3 million picking up 371,500 bags of trash. Here in eastern Ohio, ODOT crews spent nearly $170,000 picking up 16,452 bags of trash.
 
ODOT District 11 crews will pick up litter in all seven of its counties this Friday, April 18th, as part of 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 more than 1,400 Adopt-A-Highway groups – at least one in each of Ohio’s 88 counties – clean a two-mile section, or interchange, a minimum of four times a year for two years. On average, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers pick up 25,000 bags of trash, saving ODOT $280,000.
 
Groups wanting to adopt a section of highway or an interchange can apply at: www.transportation.ohio.gov
 
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For more information, contact: 
Steve Faulkner, ODOT Press Secretary, at 614-644-7101, steve.faulkner@dot.state.oh.us, or
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, ODOT District 11 Communications Office, at (330) 308-3949, D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us