Volunteers reduce the cost of litter pickup
Four million dollars a year spent on litter
COLUMBUS (April 16, 2015) – Each year, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is forced to spend about $4 million on litter pickup – a persistent and 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 approximately $4 million picking up 42,572 bags of trash. That money could be used to purchase 28 new snowplow trucks, pave a 28-mile two-lane road, or install 160 culverts.
Fortunately, ODOT does get aid from local volunteers, including its more than 1,400 Adopt-A-Highway groups. ODOT’s 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 $130,000.
ODOT District 11 crews will pick up litter in all seven of its eastern Ohio counties tomorrow, April 17th, 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.
For more information, contact: Matt Bruning, ODOT Press Secretary, at 614-466-6906, firstname.lastname@example.org, or your local ODOT district communications office