(Cleveland) - The Ohio Department of Transportation and the Keep Ohio Beautiful recruited volunteers for the annual State Roadway Cleanup today.

It's the first time Keep Ohio Beautiful has held its annual cleanup in Cleveland. Volunteers fanned out across Gordon Park, South Marginal Road, the marinas, and Martin Luther King Blvd.

Joel Hunt of ODOT says volunteers provided a very valuable service today, because the agency spends more than $4 million each year picking up nearly 400,000 bags of roadside trash.

ODOT used the cleanup event to make a pitch for volunteer groups to adopt a 2-mile highway section and pick up litter at least four times a year.

Volunteers comprised of neighborhood groups, businesses and organizations began their work at 9 this morning with a kickoff event on the east side of the Muni Lot off of East 9thStreet.

Mike Mennett, executive director of Keep Ohio Beautiful, says Cleveland was selected as one of their seven nationwide locations for the National Day of Action.

Waste Management served as the recycling partner for the State Roadway Kickoff Event in Cleveland, donating recycling and waste services. The recyclables that were collected by the volunteers will go to Waste Management’s recycling facility for processing.

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