Litter is a persistent and preventable problem, and one that knows no boundaries; it affects neighborhoods, communities, local roads, and highway corridors. Since 2007, the Ohio Department of Transportation has collected 3.7 million bags of trash statewide along state, US, and interstate highways costing taxpayers $37 million. Unfortunately, litter is back as soon as it is picked up.
ODOT recognizes communities, citizens, law enforcement, businesses, and leaders are frustrated with Ohio’s litter problem and are working with its litter partners to find a solution.
On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, the Ohio Department of Transportation will host the Southeast Ohio Litter Summit at The Ohio University Inn from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Summit is a joint effort between ODOT, Keep Ohio Beautiful, the City of Athens, and Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful.
The Summit will bring together litter stakeholders to identify litter pickup and prevention programs, available resources, and litter hot spots; learn about national litter research; hear case studies and best management practices; and leave with educational resources and action items.
Southeast Ohio Litter Summit Agenda
‘Litter Knows No Boundaries’
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Welcome
Mike Mennett, Keep Ohio Beautiful Executive Director, Joel Hunt, ODOT Highway Beautification and Pollinator Habitat Program Administrator, Director Craig Butler, Ohio EPA, and The Honorable Mayor of Athens Steve Patterson.
9:15 to 10:30 a.m.
Why People Litter and the Keep America Beautiful Behavior Change Model
Dr. Wesley Schultz, California State University, San Marcos
10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Panel Discussion
Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful: Overview, Partner Litter Success Stories, Law Enforcement Collaboration
Gary C. Chancey, Wayne National Forest; Dan Palmer, Lawrence-Scioto SWMD; and Mike Cooper, Athens City-County Health Department
11:45 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Networking Lunch
12:45p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Youngstown Surveillance Camera Program and Results
Litter Abatement Best Management Practices
Doug Gruver, ODOT Highway Management Administrator
2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
• #1 – Community Engagement & Youth Programming (Creating and Managing Litter Events/Education) – Presenters: Barb Harrison, Ohio University, Athens Beautification Day; Stephanie Helms, Lawrence-Scioto SWD; Katrina Carpenter, Perry County Waste Reduction and Recycling; and Andrea Reany, Rural Action Zero Waste Program
• #2 – Businesses Programs – Presenters: Bruce Underwood, Athens-Hocking Recycling Center; Molly Blair, ReStore; and Tyler Bonner, Zero Waste Event Production
• #3 – Law Enforcement Issues Panel – How to Create a Regional Environmental Crimes Task Force Discussion Presenters: Mike Cooper, Athens City/County Health Department; Athens County Deputy Doug Crites; George Norwicki, Athens City Code Enforcement Officer; and Steve Hileman, Lawrence-Scioto SWMD
4:00 to 4:15p.m. Conclusion & Adjourn – Participant
Keep Ohio Beautiful Calendar of Events