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The Ohio Department of Transportation

Internet News Release

April 21, 2006

ODOT: Dont Trash Ohio

COLUMBUS - Each year, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is forced to pull skilled workers off highway repairs to clean other peoples trash.  In commemoration of Earth Day on April 22, ODOT is announcing its new Dont Trash Ohio slogan to spread the word that litter is everyones responsibility.

 Litter is an expensive public concern as well as an eyesore, said ODOT Director Gordon Proctor.

Between January 1 and April 19 this year, ODOT has spent more than 110,000 hours on litter clean up statewide and collected 197,000 bags of trash. The cost to taxpayers: $2.1 million - money better spent fixing roads. In 2005, ODOT spent $4.2 million statewide on litter removal and picked up 484,118 bags of trash, taking 239,210 man hours.

 Not only is litter a costly problem, but it also means that we have to put highway work on the back burner while were battling litter, said Tony Vogel, deputy director of ODOTs Division of Highway Operations.

Officials stress that litter is a preventable problem. Most litter collects along the highways in one of two ways: 1) People intentionally throw trash from their cars or 2) Trash falls from trucks whose loads have not been properly secured.

We work hard to keep the highways looking good for the traveling public, Vogel said. But litter isnt like normal road repair. We can find a remedy for just about every other problem on the road, but litter keeps coming back.

This year ODOT is promoting the Don't Trash Ohio slogan, as well as using partnerships with groups like Keep America Beautiful, the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and local sheriffs' offices to help combat litter on the education and enforcement fronts as well. While many of these partnerships are in the beginning stages, ODOT will continue to expand its efforts statewide wherever possible.

"Our crews will continue to battle litter on the front lines every day," said Proctor. "But we are also stepping up our efforts to reduce litter at the source of the problem - the cars and trucks that illegally dump their waste on our highways."

Litter Removal Results

2006 Litter Removal Results

District

Cost

 Number of Bags

1

$172,859

10,399

2

$115,429

10,498

3

$107,680

7,016

4

$231,463

18,565

5

$173,645

12,250

6

$213,220

31,023

7

$298,445

24,809

8

$199,795

29,797

9

$154,209

12,468

10

$140,941

14,815

11

$206,275

13,118

12

$126,121

14,675

2005 Litter Removal Results

District

Cost

 Number of Bags

1

$238,857

17,301

2

$223,716

23,801

3

$278,083

23,611

4

$476,761

56,534

5

$374,817

31,584

6

$461,015

68,923

7

$407,374

48,530

8

$542,473

86,564

9

$397,097

38,520

10

$307,791

34,569

11

$185,522

15,405

12

$286,058

38,789

2004 Litter Removal Results

District

Cost

 Number of Bags

1

$295,491

21,310

2

$226,917

20,290

3

$223,060

19,714

4

$463,908

53,689

5

$314,815

28,775

6

$752,975

112,350

7

$379,633

48,473

8

$568,176

96,742

9

$464,343

47,448

10

$256,654

28,704

11

$110,055

12,913

12

$340,347

46,655