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HCCO Presents Adopt-a-Highway

On October 28th, HCCO will begin working with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to adopt a 2 mile stretch of highway on Interstate 270.

Each year, ODOT is forced to spend $4 million on litter pick-up…a preventable problem. That money could be used to install 323 culverts, pave 40 miles of a two-lane road, install 340 miles of guardrail, or purchase 28 snowplow trucks.

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 the Department $280,000 each year.

Gathering together to pick up litter along roadways gives Ohioans cleaner and safer roadways, helps to foster pride in communities, and positively affects healthy economic development. For our efforts, HCCO will get a sign along the 2 mile stretch of highway in Columbus on I-270 from mile marker 24 (I-71) to mile marker 26 (State Rt.23) that reads, “ADOPT A HIGHWAY LITTER CONTROL – THE HUMANIST COMMUNITY OF CENTRAL OHIO”.


All volunteers must watch a 7 min long safety video prior to volunteering. We will meet as a team to watch the video in the main conference room of the Westerville Public Library. We will then carpool to the trash pickup location. After the event, we can meet up at a local pub for appetizers and celebratory drinks.

Volunteers between the ages of 12 and 17 will need have their parents or guardian sign a release form. (Please contact Matt Shannon ([masked] if you have someone under the age of 18 that is interested in participating.)

As we will be on the side of a busy highway, volunteers should wear loose fitting, brightly colored clothing, and comfortable work boots or shoes. Work gloves are recommended. ODOT will provide safety vests, trash bags, trash pickers, and road safety signs prior to the event.

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  • Matthew S.

    I want to thank everyone that came out and helped with the cleanup! We had 7 folks that braved the wet and wild weather yesterday afternoon. There was an additional 3 people that were able to stop by and watch the video before the rest of us headed out to the pick up site (There will be an opportunity to watch the video prior to each clean up that we do). I'm estimating that even with the horrid weather we were able to get the majority of the north side of of our stretch completed and probably over 30 bags of trash collected. At our next cleanup event, I fully expect to get both sides completed. Tell your friends! Again, thank everyone that showed up and helped out!!

    October 29, 2012

  • Pauline

    Jamie and I are running a little late but enroute now. ETA 1:15 @ the library.

    October 28, 2012

  • Matthew S.

    Hey everyone! According to we are looking at a chilly 50 degree day on Sunday, so please dress accordingly. It's going to be a lot of fun and I'm happy to see so many volunteers for this event! I'll see you all on Sunday at the library at 1!

    October 26, 2012

    • Matthew S.

      LOL If you know any weather dances, let me know. :)

      October 26, 2012

  • HCCO C.

    It looks like we're going to have quite the crowd. Thank you everyone for volunteering!

    October 24, 2012

  • Matthew S.

    Bummer! We will have more clean ups, so don't feel too bad. :)

    1 · October 17, 2012

  • Diana C.

    I was so excited about doing this, and then I noticed that we had a birthday party to go to at the exact same time. Sorry! :-(

    October 17, 2012

  • Darrell M.

    I will definitely be there. Mostly my wife will be also. Also a good chance for 2 more. I'll let you know for sure.

    October 12, 2012

  • Jeremy R.

    I will be out of state. Is there a way to watch the video later? Or do we watch it each time anyhow?

    October 11, 2012

    • Matthew S.

      Great question Jeremy. Volunteers won't be required to watch the video each time they participate, but we will have a similar set up for every time we do the trash pickup to cover new volunteers and folks that can't make it to this one.

      October 11, 2012

    • Jeremy R.

      Thanks for the reply. Look forward to helping out next time.

      1 · October 11, 2012

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