This Earth Day ODOT Reminds YOU that Litter is a Preventable Problem
Four million dollars a year spent on litter pick-up along state roads
COLUMBUS (Wednesday, April 22, 2015) – Each year, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is forced to spend $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 $4 million picking up 42,572 bags of trash. In District 12’s Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake counties combined more than 28,000 bags of trash were collected in 2014!
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.
There are 53 Adopt-A-Highway groups in District 12 and plenty of room for more. Groups wanting to adopt a section of highway or an interchange can apply at: www.transportation.ohio.gov