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Nobody likes litter.
It’s gross. It’s ugly. It’s unhealthy. It’s expensive to clean.

You and I aren’t the only ones who recognize that litter is stupid. Kentucky and Boone County both have several laws that prohibit this lame practice:

Kentucky Laws:

512.010 DEFINITION
"Litter" means rubbish, refuse, waste material, offal, paper, glass, cans, bottles, trash, debris or any foreign substance of whatever kind or description and whether or not it is of value.

512.070 CRIMINAL LITTERING
Penalty: Class A Misdemeanor ~ Fine up to $500 or up to one year in jail or both
A person is guilty of criminal littering when he/she:
Drops or permits to drop on a highway any destructive or injurious material and does not immediately remove it; or
Knowingly places or throws litter on any public or private property or in any public or private water without permission; or
Negligently places or throws glass or other dangerous pointed or edged substances on or adjacent to water to which the public has access for swimming or wading or on or within fifty (50) feet of a public highway; or
Discharges sewage, minerals, oil products or litter into any public waters or lakes within the state.

433.753 CRIMINAL LITTERING ON PUBLIC HIGHWAY; REWARD FOR INFORMATION
Penalty: Class A Misdemeanor ~ Fine up to $500 or up to one year in jail or both
When any paper, waste material, litter or other refuse is thrown or dropped from a motor vehicle, the operator thereof shall be deemed prima facie to be guilty of criminal littering.
It shall be the duty of the Kentucky State Police, county sheriffs and police officers, city police officers, and all other law enforcement and peace officers within their respective jurisdictions, to enforce the criminal littering laws.
Any city or county may offer and pay rewards for the giving of information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person, firm or corporation for commission of the offense of criminal littering.

433.757 LITTERING PUBLIC WATERS
REWARD FOR INFORMATION

Penalty: Class A Misdemeanor ~ Fine up to $500 or up to one year in jail or both
When any litter as defined in KRS 512.010 is thrown or dropped from a motorboat or vessel as defined in KRS 235.010, the operator thereof shall be deemed prima facie to have violated KRS 512.0770.
It shall be the duty of officers of the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources as provided in KRS 235.010 and KRS Chapter 150 and all other law enforcement and peace officers of the Commonwealth and its political subdivisions to enforce the provisions of KRS 512.070.
Any city or county may offer and pay rewards for the giving of information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person, firm or corporation for a violation of KRS 512.070.

189.754 REMOVAL OF INJURIOUS SUBSTANCE FROM HIGHWAY. Penalty: Fine not less than twenty dollars ($20) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100)Any person removing a wrecked or damaged vehicle from a highway shall remove anyglass or other injurious substance dropped upon the highway from such vehicle.

603 KAR 5:025
LITTERING AND IMPROPERLY SECURED LOADS

Section 5. Waste and Rubbish.
Penalty: Class A Misdemeanor ~ Fine up to $500 or up to one year in jail or both
Littering of the right-of-way of any toll road, interstate highway, or other fully controlled access highway with bottles, cans, paper, garbage, rubbish or other material of any kind or description is prohibited.
Section 7, Part (4). Limitations on Use
Penalty: Fine not less than twenty dollars ($20) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100)
Use of toll roads, interstate highways, and other fully controlled access highways by vehicles with improperly secured loads or loaded with animals not properly confined is prohibited at all times.

Boone County laws:

ORDINANCE 50: IMPROPER DISPOSAL
Penalty: Misdemeanor ~ Fine not less than $100 nor more than $500 or up to 3 days in jail or both
It shall be unlawful and a violation for any person to dispose of waste by depositing same on any premises in the county with or without the consent of the owner of the premises.

ORDINANCE 92: DISCARDING ITEMS
Penalty: Misdemeanor ~ Fine not less than $100 nor more than $500 or up to 3 days in jail or both
Discarded items on person’s own property and/or discarding items on property of another (private or publicly owned property) prohibited.

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