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Stop littering Ohio's roadways and use a trash can, ODOT says

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Posted at 10:08 AM, Mar 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-19 10:08:45-04

CLEVELAND — It’s a problem that's immediately apparent if you take a look on the side of the road or highway: trash littered as far as the eye can see. It’s a growing problem that ODOT is talking about in a new public service announcement asking the public to help with the litter problem.

On average, ODOT crews collect more than 400,000 bags of other people’s trash from alongside the state’s roadways every year, costing about $4 million a year.

ODOT said the same men and women who pick up other people’s trash are also the same ones performing vital work like plowing snow, patching potholes, repairing guardrails, mowing grass and replacing culverts.

“Picking up other people's trash takes them away from those important jobs. That's why they're asking for Ohioans to help by doing something most of us learned in elementary school: Use a trash can,” ODOT said.

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