Statewide Litter Summits


  • #1 – Central Ohio Litter Summit – Columbus, February 6, 2018
  • #2 – Southern Ohio Litter Summit – Cincinnati, April or May 2018 – Information & Registration Coming Soon
  • #3 – Northern Ohio Litter Summit – Cleveland, June or July 2018

Central Ohio Litter Summit
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
 Ohio Department of Transportation Auditorium
1980 West Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43223
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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 is working with its litter partners to find a solution.

On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, the Ohio Department of Transportation will host the Central Ohio Litter Summit at ODOT’s Central Office, 1980 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Summit is a joint effort between ODOT, Keep Ohio Beautiful, Keep Columbus Beautiful, the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, the Franklin County Environmental Court, the Franklin County Environmental Crimes Task Force, Keep Grove City Beautiful, and Keep Reynoldsburg 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. Following the Summit, ODOT will develop a “Findings and Recommendations” document to give to participants.

Welcome from Director Wray, Ohio Department of Transportation

Welcome from Director Butler, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

Our keynote speaker, Dr. Wesley Schultz, California State University

Central Ohio Litter Summit Agenda

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

9:00 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. Welcome Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jerry Wray Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Craig Butler

9:10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Opening Plenary – Why People Litter Dr. Wesley Schultz, California State University, Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, Professor of Psychology

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

10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Behavior Change System Planning Guide Cecile Carson, Keep America Beautiful, Vice President Litter & Affiliate Relations
Central Ohio Litter Summit Registration

11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Engaging Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, and Judges/Environmental Crimes Task Force Overview Judge Daniel R. Hawkins, Franklin County Environmental Court and Albert Iosue, SWACO

12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Lunch (brown bag or ODOT Cafeteria)

1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Litter Abatement Best Management Practices Doug Gruver, ODOT Highway Management Administrator

1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Cultural Competencies and Homeless Camps Emerald Hernandez, City of Columbus, Advisory Member U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

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

2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
• #1 – Community Engagement (Creating and Managing Litter Events/EPA Recycling and Litter Prevention Grants) – Linda Rosine, Keep Grove City Beautiful and Chet Chaney, Ohio EPA – Presenters

• #2 – School and Businesses Programs (Youth Programs/Recycling/Adopt-A-Highway) – Sherri Palmer, Keep Columbus Beautiful, Arley Owens, Keep Reynoldsburg Beautiful, and Joel Hunt, Ohio Department of Transportation – Presenters

• #3 – Law Enforcement Issues (Cover Your Load Law/Illegal Dumping/City Ordinances and Code) – Heather Robinson, Environmental Crimes Unit, Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office – Presenter

Contact Keep Ohio Beautiful at to register for 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