I Just Gotta Tell Ya
- In 2008 ODOT crews collected nearly 7 Million pounds of Trash and more than 350,000 bags
- Cost to taxpayers= $3.6 million in labor and equipment.
- 11 thousand tons of litter accumulates on Ohio’s road ways each year.
2008 Litter Cleanup
COUNTY # OF BAGS REMOVED COST
Ashtabula 1,084 $23,400
Mahoning 9,073 $32,600
Portage 5,172 $44,200
Stark 5,909 $48,100
Summit 10,894 $115,800
Trumbull 8,705 $113,600
District 4 total 40,837 $377,900
- Two of the largest tire dumps in Ohio exist in Portage County, each containing over 1 million tires However, tires constitute only about 10 percent of the cumulative illegally dumped waste in the county, most of which (75 percent) is household refuse. The costs of trash pickup and landfill disposal contribute to illegal dumping in the county. Residential trash pickup in the county costs $11.00 to $15.00 per month and is handled by private haulers. Tires cost an extra $1.00 each.
- Landfill costs have more than tripled in recent years, from $58.00 to $200.00 per roll-off dumpster.
- 70 percent of the illegally dumped waste consists of used tires, 20 percent of commercial waste, and 10 percent of C&D and residential debris. In the Northeast Ohio GIA, there are approximately 30 large sites with an average of 5,000 tires per site and 1,000 small sites with 2 to 35 tires per site. Illegal dumping of household waste is not a major problem because the City of Cleveland provides free curbside pickup of most residential wastes and used appliances.
- Automobile gas tanks are not picked up and are therefore sometimes illegally dumped Apprehended dumpers are typically 30- to 45-year-old, poor to middle-class males from a variety of ethnic backgrounds who collect payment to dispose of someone else’s waste and then illegally dump the waste Local officials believe that some large dealers and not just “mom and pop” operations illegally dump tires. The closest tire monofill is the American Landfill in Warren, Ohio. Tire disposal costs $59.50 per ton, and 1 ton comprises approximately 200 tires. Cleveland residents are allowed to leave four tires per week on the curb in front of their homes for curbside pickup. If tires are disposed of by a tire repair or replacement shop, the customer is generally charged about $3.00 per tire.
- The mayor estimates workers in the last four weeks have hauled away more than 200 tons of debris citywide, costing taxpayers about $100,000. The foreclosure crisis, which has hit Cleveland particularly hard, is largely to blame because the vacant lots left behind are a target of dumpers.
- Ohio EPA distributed more than $48,000 from Ohio’s Scrap Tire Management Fund to remove, shred and dispose of the auto, tractor and truck tires found at the site. Each year, approximately 12 million scrap tires are generated in Ohio. More than 43 million tires at 93 sites have been removed from stockpiles or illegal dumps across the state since Ohio’s Scrap Tire Abatement Program began in 1996. It is estimated five million scrap tires still remain illegally dumped throughout Ohio..
- Littering is a serious offense, punishable by fines of up to $500 and 60 days in jail.
- Littering from a motor vehicle can result in fines of up to $100,
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Division of Recycling and Litter Prevention-The Division of Recycling and Litter Prevention (DRLP) is responsible for implementing statewide waste reduction, recycling, recycling market development and litter prevention programs. In addition, DRLP assists in implementing Ohio’s Solid Waste Management Plan and encourages Ohioans to reduce waste, recycle materials and buy recycled-content products.
Phone: (614)265-6333 Website: http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/recycling
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