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Litterers throwing out more than cigarette butts...

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by tibor75, Jul 20, 2004.

  1. tibor75

    tibor75 Banned

    feces bags? :lol:

    Dayton Daily News

    Litter analysis shows drivers' trashy habits

    By Laura Bernheim

    Dayton Daily News

    Motorists in Ohio are littering by the tons, including nearly 1 million urine-filled bottles, the most comprehensive study of a year's worth of roadside trash shows.

    Estimates indicate that nearly 11,772 tons of trash are dumped annually, and taxpayers spend $2.3 million per year picking it up. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is now analyzing its $100,000 study to determine how to stop the litterbugs.

    "Now that we know what's out there, we know how to educate folks, and make them more aware of what they're doing," ODNR Division of Recycling and Litter Prevention spokeswoman Kelly Armfelt said.

    More state-sponsored highway rest stops and a statewide container deposit law could help reduce the burden, some suggest.

    An unsettling find revealed an estimated 972,372 bottles of urine were dumped, most heavily on rural interstates and U.S. routes. The study's authors also counted 23 bags of feces on the road.

    Ten years ago, the Ohio Department of Transportation operated 149 rest stop areas. Today, because of cost-cutting moves, the state maintains 118.

    "There'd be no way of knowing if the results of the study are due to limited rest stop access, but it stands to reason that in this mobile society if there aren't opportunities, you're forced to improvise," said Todd Spencer, vice president of the Missouri-based Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, a national trucker's lobbying group.

    "Ohio is consistently named a state with a severe shortage" of rest stops, Spencer said.

    Making people aware of the impact of tossing trash out of the car window will take time, another expert said.

    "People are terrible creatures of habit," said Jim Swaney, an environmental economist and economics chair at Wright State University. "Education is slow, but it can have a positive effect on people's behavior."

    Swaney said a statewide bottle-deposit law could reduce the trash volume.

    "That really helps cut down the trash. There's still, of course, other stuff that is harmful, but the bottle bill would be a really good step for the state to take," Swaney said. "Other states have it, and it makes a big difference."

    The Ohio Department of Transportation estimates it takes 39 hours to collect the trash from one mile of roadway.

    Ohio hired consulting firm Davey Resource Group to analyze the junk. Davey picked 56 locations in 31 counties, and collected all trash from one side of the road along a 1,500-foot stretch. The study showed that beverage containers, fast-food wrappers, and cigarette butts are more than 35 percent of the state's litter.

    "Litter isn't just cigarette butts and fast-food wrappers," Armfelt said. "It doesn't matter how small. It's still litter, and 100 percent preventable."

    ODNR plans another study in three or four years for comparison purposes.
  2. Crump's brother

    Crump's brother Moxahala Park Carnie

    39 hours for a one mile stretch of highway? How about we revisit the chain gangs? Whenever I saw one of those down south, I thought long and hard about not breaking the law.
  3. ashlandbuck

    ashlandbuck Banned

    I second Crumps idea!
  4. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    or maybe you could HOLD IT? ive never heard of taking a crap in a bag in a car.
  5. NorthShoreBuck

    NorthShoreBuck True Madness Requires Significant Intelligence

    We still have the guys dressed up in orange or black & white striped suits picking up trash down here. It helps keep the roads clean and it makes a point to my kids everytime we see it.
  6. Brutus1

    Brutus1 Don't be penurious, donate to the BP Spring Dr.

    Let those on public assistance, assist in cleaning up the roads.
  7. stxbuck

    stxbuck Woody wore Sambas

    Louis Irizarry has plenty of time, now that he doesn't have to worry about football practice......
  8. FCollinsBuckeye

    FCollinsBuckeye Senior Former Game Champion

    a) who the hell is going to sh*t in a bag inside a car with other riders?

    b) if alone, how the hell do you sh*t in a bag while driving?

    c) I've already spent two minutes of my life thinking about sh*tting in a bag inside a car - SOMEBODY STOP ME!!!! :dead:
  9. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    hahahaha.....thats my EXACT thought process. i just didnt want to post it after i realized what i was thinking about.
  10. BrutuStrength

    BrutuStrength It's time to bring it! Staff Member

    Oh stop it... now you're just trying to make sense. That will never work in politics.

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