Statewide Litter Summits



Wednesday, March 6
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Nitschke Auditorium
1600 North Westwood Avenue
Toledo, Ohio 43606
Please Park in Lot 20 in front of Nitschke Auditorium

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 March 6, the Ohio Department of Transportation will host the Northwest Ohio Litter Summit at the University of Toledo from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Summit is a joint effort between ODOT, Keep Ohio Beautiful, Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful, Lucas County Solid Waste District, City of Toledo, and

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. Following the Summit, ODOT will develop a “Findings and Recommendations” document to give to participants.

Northwest Ohio Litter Summit Agenda
‘Litter Knows No Boundaries’

8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.  – Welcome
Mike Mennett, Executive Director, Keep Ohio Beautiful & Joel Hunt, Program Administrator, Highway Beautification and Pollinator Habitat Program, ODOT & the Honorable Wade Kapszukiewicz, City of Toledo Mayor

9:15 to 10:30 a.m.
The Perils of Plastic
Dr. Sherri Mason, The Pennsylvania State University, Behrend

10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Engaging Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, and Judges –Codes, Litter Laws, Illegal and open dumping – Panel Discussion City of Toledo Code Enforcement, Police Department & City Attorney and the Lorain County Environmental Crimes Task Force

Moderator: Dennis Kennedy, Commissioner, City of Toledo Division of Code Enforcement
Panel: John Madigan, Senior Attorney for the city of Toledo; Detective Brian Lewandowski, Crimes Against Property Unit of Toledo Police Department; Sergeant Laurie Renz – Forensic and Cyber Crime Section of Toledo Police Department; and Deputy Mike Lopez, Lorain County Environmental Crimes Task Force.

11:45 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Networking Lunch

12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Litter Abatement Best Management Practices
Doug Gruver, ODOT Highway Management Administrator

1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Beautification Action Team (BAT) Partner Program
Dennis Kennedy, Commissioner, City of Toledo Division of Code Enforcement

2:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • #1 – Community Engagement (Creating and Managing Litter Events)
    Engage Toledo, Partners for Clean Stream, and Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful
  • #2 – Law Enforcement Case Studies
    City of Toledo Code Enforcement & Police Department and Lorain County Environmental Crimes Task Force
  • #3 – Reducing Single Use Products & other Lake Erie Initiatives
    Melissa Green Hopfer, Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission; Cathi Lehn, Ph.D., Sustainable Cleveland; and Dr. Sherri Mason, The Pennsylvania State University, Behrend

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Wrap-up and Adjourn
Adam Cassi, Executive Director, Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful

3:45 p.m. – Distribute informational flash drives

Contact Keep Ohio Beautiful at  for more information on our Statewide Litter Summits.

Environmental Resources Roadshows – Connecting Ohio Communities

The Ohio Environmental Resources Roadshow connects citizens to information and resources to support local efforts to maintain and beautify their community. The program has evolved as a unique public/private collaboration among ODOT & ODOT Adopt a Highway, OEPA, and Keep Ohio Beautiful.

More information coming soon