Solid Waste Management District

Litter Program / Information


Did You Know?

According to Ohio Law, litter is defined as ANY debris that is thrown or dropped by a person on public property that is not privately owned by the individual. This law includes state waterways.

Seven Sources of Litter

No matter where litter starts, it moves. From streets and highways to parks and waterways. Wind and weather moves litter around a community, into gutters, planted gardens, alleyways and parking areas. In one study, researchers found that 18% of all littered items end up in our streams and waterways as pollution.

We know that there are seven primary sources of litter:

  1. Pedestrians or cyclists who do not use proper receptacles.
  2. Motorists who do not use vehicle ashtrays or car litter bags.
  3. Business dumpsters that are improperly covered
  4. Loading docks and commercial or residential marinas with inadequate waste receptacles
  5. Construction and demolition sites without a tarp and receptacles to contain debris and waste.
  6. Trucks with uncovered loads on local roads and highways.
  7. Household trash scattered before or during collection.


Keep America Beautiful has determined that people litter because:

  • They feel no sense of ownership, even through areas such as parks and beaches are public property.
  • They believe someone else – park maintenance or highway worker- will pick up after them.
  • The litter has already accumulated – so what’s a little more


What can YOU  do to help?

… modeling proper trash and waste disposal, you will cause others to consider their actions, too. The Hancock County Solid Waste Management District has a limited staff that is responsible for overseeing and maintaining the 532 sq. miles of roadways. Your efforts of proper disposal methods and debris collection will help keep our community beautify.

Get Involved “Adopt-A-Road” Program

With this program the Hancock County Solid Waste District offers community service opportunities for families, church groups, clubs, schools, youth and adult organizations,  businesses, and other special interest groups. Having an active roll in the environment shows pride and responsibility for our community as well as provides education and awareness to future generations.

Interested volunteer groups and participants accept the responsibly of collecting litter and other  debris from a designated two-mile section of county or township roadway (of their choosing) four  times a year for a two-year period.  In recognition of the groups efforts, Hancock County Solid Waste Management District will post signs at your selected designated roadway cleanup site.  For more information please e-mail  or call 419-424-1113.




Get Involved - Great American Cleanup

                       Hancock County Spring Cleanup

The Hancock County Solid Waste District will be holding it Annual Spring Cleanup in April. This event is in affiliation with Keep America Beautiful’s (KAB) Great American Cleanup.  The Great American Cleanup embodies America’s can-do spirit with millions of volunteers taking the environment into their own hands. Americans are rallying together to clean up graffiti, eliminate litter and preserve our waterways to create a cleaner, safer and more beautiful environment for generations to come.

A cleaner environment allows for a more beautiful, safer and healthier community in which everyone can enjoy living & working within. As a community we all need to take responsibility and achieve this goal for our environment.  In 2014 we had over 1500 volunteers locally that worked more than 22000 hours to collect 1100 pounds of debris and 20 tires. Volunteers covered nearly 140 miles of Hancock County.

If you would like to sign your group up to participate in Spring Clean Up, please call for Registration Form 419-299-3638.
Call the Sanitary Landfill at 419-299-36384 if you need bags for Spring Clean  Up 

Groups, organizations and participants may conduct their one-time clean up at any time during the month of April.

Click the link to view the Keep America Beautiful / Ice Age PSA



Litter Awareness Week Activities include:

APRIL 21st   Annual SPRING CLEANUP - Kick Off!!  Participate in the largest litter collection of the year. Be a part of the national Keep America Beautiful – Great American Cleanup Campaign.  Sign up to clean an area of road and afterwards celebrate a better environment by joining other environmental savvy groups for a short luncheon.  Get more details by contacting Mollie.

APRIL 22nd   EARTH DAY - Since the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, people around the world have been celebrating this wonderful planet we call Earth and all of its forests, waters, plants, animals and people.  In Ohio, we need your help to make everyday Earth Day.

APRIL 23rd   BUSINESS & INDUSTRY AWARENESS DAY - Start a recycling program in your break rooms to increase awareness – for more information how to gain a recycling component in the office contact the Solid Waste Management District.

APRIL 24th   CLEAN YOUR FILES DAY - Most record retention requirements indicate that files can be destroyed / recycled after 7-10 years. Any chance yours are older than that?  Recycle those old files and save a tree or two in the process! 

APRIL 25th   ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION DAY - Sharing knowledge is extremely important to closing the loop. The Solid Waste Management District offers classroom presentations & activities to help promote recycling & litter prevention awareness programs in your school.  Call to schedule your presentation.

APRIL 26th   RECYCLE IT / COMPOST IT DAY - Empty those recycling bins; crush those cans; compost those food scraps. Taking something old and making it into something new is a vital part of our environment.

For more information or to get your group involved, please contact Mollie at 419-299-3638.

mailing address is
Hancock County Solid Waste Management District
300 S. Main Street         Findlay, Ohio  45840 
fax 419-299-3634 or e-mail


KAB Litter Index Report -Hancock County

Looking at litter is the place to begin the first step in the litter prevention education process. The Keep America Beautiful Litter Index is a credible and simple tool that allows quick and reliable visual assessment of the types of litter present in a community. The data obtained through the Litter Index determines the types of community improvement programs needed to address current conditions, and achieve long-term sustainable results.

The Litter Index is designed to measure progress over time. It helps identify what is effective—and what isn't—in positively changing littering attitudes and behaviors and related community improvement issues. Consistent use of the Litter Index on an annual basis can help track overall progress in reducing litter, and can quantitatively express success in community improvement.

Click here – Litter Index Report