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Dear Editor, I just read your column “Trash goes in the trash,” in the Bristow paper and couldn’t be more thankful to you for a great piece. This is a very near and dear topic to my heart and I have led many antilitter efforts almost my entire career at ODOT and this type of write up is much appreciated. While things are improving in that area, a lot more needs to be done. ODOT, alone, spends about $5 million a year to pick up litter. This is money that can be put to lot of other pressing needs. Since 1997, ODOT, in partnership with the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, has operated a statewide toll-free litter hotline (1-888-5-LITTER) that allows drivers to report litter along Oklahoma highways. There were more than 550 calls to the hotline in 2017 alone. Beginning in 2016, ODOT teamed up with Adopt-a-Highway Maintenance Corporation to start a sponsorship program that allows businesses to adopt sections of highway and pay for litter removal costs.There are currently more than 100 Adopt-a-Highway groups participating statewide. I, particularly, appreciate you focusing on the habits of litterers rather than just the litter pickup process, because changing the littering behavior is certainly the solution to Oklahoma’s litter and illegal dumping problems, as you outlined with your childhood stories. Hooray for your dad. Again, thank you so much for the piece and please contact me if I can ever help you in any way. Terri Angier Chief of Media & Public Relations Oklahoma Department of Transportation

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