Ideas to Help Stop Littering

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Ideas to Help Stop Littering
Be a good Samaritan and pick up litter when you see it. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

If you live in a location where littering is a problem, you probably want to stop the trash from ending up on the street. Not only is it visually unappealing, but litter can hurt the environment as it decomposes and endanger domestic animals who might eat or swallow trash. Get together with members of your community to determine how you can reduce the amount of litter in your neighbourhood.

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Garbage and Recycling Bins

Sometimes people leave trash behind because there is nowhere to put it. Contact your municipality's garbage collection department and ask if dustbins and recycling bins can be placed in the location where litter is a problem. They can place the receptacles in public places such as schools, parks and on city sidewalks. The containers should have a lid that seals tightly so that garbage does not continue to blow around if the receptacle becomes full.

Create Signs

Chances are your town or city already has a law against littering. Locate the actual law or city code and create a sign that quotes the law. The sign should also include the potential fine. For example, the code might read, "Statute 2.13: Any person seen littering is subject to a £48 city fine." After the signs are printed, place them in the area where littering is a problem.

Contact Law Enforcement

While littering is probably illegal in your city and town, police officers are probably worried about other issues over littering and therefore do not write many tickets for littering. Contact the law enforcement agency and explain to the representative that there is a littering problem in your particular area. Ask the police to patrol the area and to write tickets or warnings if they see people littering. Chances are that just their presence will make people act on their best behaviour.

Install Cameras

If the littering issue is really bad, you might wish to install 24-hour surveillance cameras in the location. This will allow you to pinpoint who is littering. If the person frequents the location, you can have law enforcement levy a fine against him next time he is in the park, or if you have the person's home address, a citation can be mailed to him for breaking the law. Note that you may need to provide signs alerting people that they are on camera. Check with your city and state law. Either way, installing cameras that are visible with corresponding signs will act as a deterrent.

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