Southeast Ohio Summit Scheduled to Address Littering

Contact(s): Gary C. Chancey, Public Affairs Officer (740) 753‐0862

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (Oct. 31, 2018) –Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful, in partnership with Keep Ohio Beautiful, announces the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will host the Southeast Ohio Litter Summit at the Ohio University Inn from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov.14, 2018.

“Our goal for the event is to bring together litter stakeholders to identify litter pickup and prevention programs, available resources, and litter hot spots. To learn about national litter research, hear case studies and best management practices, and leave with educational resources and action items,” said Mike Mennett, executive director for Keep Ohio Beautiful.

Dr. Wesley Schultz from California State University is scheduled to attend and explain why people litter. He will also share the Keep America Beautiful Behavior Change Model.

Event planners extend an open invitation for the general public to participate. Employees with solid waste districts, volunteer fire departments, waste hauling businesses, law enforcement departments, city and county prosecutor offices, and elected officials across southeast Ohio are welcome to attend.

Register today by contacting Mike Mennett at (330) 338-8328, or via email at Space is limited to 100 participants.

Litter is a persistent and preventable problem, and one that knows no boundaries. It affects neighborhoods, communities, local roads, and highway corridors. Since 2007, ODOT has collected 3.7 million bags of trash statewide along state, federal, and interstate highways costing taxpayers $37 million. Unfortunately, litter is back as soon as it is picked up.

Following the event, ODOT will develop a “Findings and Recommendations” document to share with each participant.

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