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Set an example against littering

March 25, 2008
Marietta Times
As the weather gets warmer and the chance of snow lessens, efforts are gearing up to tackle the trash that has built up along many of the state’s highways.

Controlling litter and clearing what’s already there is important and it’s something all of us can help manage.

Each year, the Keep America Beautiful campaign lines up hundreds of volunteers to help clear litter from roadways. In Ohio, the state affiliate is gearing up, too.

During three months of the cleanup last year, the Ohio affiliate reports that 63,000 people collected more the 3.6 million pounds of litter statewide.

That’s a lot of trash, and while the amount of litter collected was down slightly from 2006 to 2007, 3.6 million pounds of litter is still a lot of trash.

We can do better.

It starts with individuals making the commitment to properly dispose of waste, and to reuse and recycle when appropriate. Volunteers with Keep America Beautiful report they’ve found everything from toilets to hot tubs to appliances illegally dumped over banks and near roadways.

Who litters? Men, women, children, all types of people from all economic and social backgrounds. These are people who should know better, and certainly could be punished if it came to that. This is about changing attitudes and educating people about how harmful littering really is to the community and the environment overall.

Keep America Beautiful says the primary sources of litter include:

- Pedestrians or cyclists who don’t throw trash away in trash cans.

- Motorists who don’t use ash trays or litter bags in their cars.

- Places like loading docks, commercial marinas, that lack adequate trash cans.

- Construction and demolition sites.

- Trucks with uncovered loads.

- Household trash scattered before or during collection.

We ask that you do your part. Be careful never to dispose of trash and other debris along our highways and roadways. And when you see something that has obviously been dumped illegally, report it. Don’t let it go unattended. Set an example and do something about the problem. Volunteer to join a clean-up crew.

Keeping our highways clean makes traveling through and around Ohio more pleasant and helps to protect our environment, too. Please help.

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