COUNT will be partnering with HCCO to clean HCCO’s 2 mile stretch of highway on Interstate 270. 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.
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.
WHERE TO MEET:
Time: 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Aldi Parking Lot
5990 Westerville Rd.
Westerville, OH 43081
All volunteers will be trained in safety before going out onto the highway. As there is no longer is a training video, I (Christina) will go over safety training in the Aldi parking lot at 8:00. 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.
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.
**Rain date Sunday, June 5th