Ohio Parks Eliminate Trash Cans, Pickups

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Waynesville, Ohio (AP) -- Budget cuts mean at many state parks in Ohio it's now BYOB: Bring your own bag, for trash.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has removed garbage cans from park areas used by day visitors because it has cut back on waste pickups.

In a policy that began at some 30 parks on Memorial Day, guests must take their trash with them.

Regional manager Tim Carr says Caesar Creek and other southwest Ohio parks will save an estimated $5,000 per year in trash-hauling costs that they can use for vehicle fuel and other basics.

Brandi Whetstone, an official with the Sierra Club in Ohio, says it's unfortunate that parks don't have adequate funding to provide necessary maintenance.

The group encourages state lawmakers to find long-term funding solutions.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by Kelly Location: Cincinnati on Jun 26, 2009 at 03:03 PM
    As a long time camper at Ohio State Park's i fill that if they deam it nessary to remove the trash cans from st. parks then they should lower the cost to rent a camp site and use some of that money to hire people to clean the restrooms instead of depending on the VIP's that still have to pay to camp and do a half job cleaning them
  • by duh on Jun 24, 2009 at 10:53 AM
    what idiot came up with this idea? I'm from ohio but my home is in west virginia. I remember when ohio pride meant something and people cared what their state looked like. Save a couple bucks my butt! The trash will be ankle high by the end of the week. Stop cutting the things we need, parks, museums, libraries, trash pick ups...COME ON! What example are we setting for our children when money is more important than a clean, safe, healthy environment for our families to grow up in? I can see I'll have to tell my grandchildren that Ohio USED to be a beautiful place to live becaused it won't be at this rate!
  • by randy Location: parkersburg on Jun 23, 2009 at 09:46 PM
    that is just stupid. people will now just dump it or throw it on the ground. lawmakers and park officials who make these decisions are stupid. Maybe the state needs to get rid of the people making these stupid decisions and use that money for park refuse. Apparently you don't need intelligence and common sense to work in a position of decision making in Ohio Parks department
  • by Buckeye on Jun 23, 2009 at 04:26 PM
    To bad we will now see our parks look like our rivers a dumping ground for idiots.$5000.00 a year will be a drop in the bucket you will have to pay to clean up the parks.What were you thinking, I can see the solied diapers and fast food trash piling up like our roadways.
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