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Litter cleanup costly to Ohioans

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

"Don't trash Ohio".  The state's slogan helps to remind us not to litter for obvious reasons but one reason not to litter that you may not be as aware of is what it's costing the state.

Now that the snow is gone what we are seeing on the sides of roads is a lot of litter.
Each year ODOT spends four million dollars just to pick it up and throw it away.

It's everywhere you look. glass and plastic Bottles, wrappers, trash of all kinds.  

"In District 4 alone, that's Mahoning and Trumbull counties, last year we spent $200,000 between the two counties just picking up litter. We picked up 16,000 bags last year just in those two counties," said ODOT spokesperson, Justin Chesnic.

And that's all your tax dollars being put to work.  State workers not fixing roads but just picking up trash.
There's so much of it sheriff departments all over Ohio have inmates pick it up.  In Mahoning county, you can see them often working in green vests picking up litter on interstate 680 and on route 11.

"What they essentially do is a deputy will take them out in a van and there will be 4-5 day reporting inmates that will go out and pick up garbage for about an 8 hour shift," according to Mah. Co. Sheriff, Jerry Greene.

Want to make a difference?  Volunteer to take part in ODOT's adopt a highway program where your group can clean up 2 mile stretches of roadway.
Or ask the county.  The Green Team in Mahoning will even help you have a clean up day in your neighborhood.  They'll even provide the necessities.

"We have supplies here for volunteers who want to clean up their neighborhoods. We can provide safety vests, grab-it sticks, recycling bags, litter pick-up bags and we'll even pick up the collected material at the end of the clean up event," said Lou Vega, Green Team Director.

So if your thinking about littering, think again, it's your own tax money you're throwing out the window along with your garbage.
 

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