Litter is Stupid

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What is litter?

Litter: (noun) trash, such as paper, cans, and bottles, that is left lying in an open or public place.


Litter is Stupid


In a 2011 study conducted in 10 states, one of them Kentucky, 17% of individuals littered with intent and 65% of smokers also littered with intent. The most frequent items littered were cigarettes, mixed trash, and paper. Not surprisingly, the presence and number of garbage bins, along with presence of litter, affects the amount of litter.


Laws on Litter

Kentucky Laws

KRS 189 - Traffic Regulations — Vehicle Equipment and Storage
KRS 189.754 - Removal of injurious substance from highway
Any person removing a wrecked or damaged vehicle from a highway shall remove any glass or other injurious substance dropped upon the highway from such vehicle.
Effective: July 15, 1980
History: Created 1980 Ky. Acts ch. 49, sec. 5, effective July 15, 1980.

KRS 433 - Offenses Against Property by Force
KRS 433.753 - Criminal littering on public highway — Rewards for information
(1) 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.
(2) It shall be the duty of the Department of Kentucky State Police, county sheriffs and police officers, solid waste coordinators appointed by a county or waste management district, city police officers, and all other law enforcement and peace officers within their respective jurisdictions, to enforce the criminal littering laws and the provisions of KRS 224.40-100.
(3) 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.
(4) Violators may prepay to the Circuit Court clerk if prepayment is so noted on the citation and if the littering offense is not combined with an offense that is not prepayable.
Effective: June 26, 2007
History: Amended 2007 Ky. Acts ch. 85, sec. 316, effective June 26, 2007. — Amended
2002 Ky. Acts ch. 342, sec. 8, effective July 15, 2002. — Amended 1974 Ky. Acts ch.
406, sec. 332. — Created 1966 Ky. Acts ch. 23, sec. 77.

KRS 433.757 - Littering public waters — Reward for information

(1) 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 512.070.
(2) 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 and solid waste coordinators to enforce the provisions of KRS 512.070.
(3) 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.
(4) Violators may prepay to the Circuit Court clerk if prepayment is so noted on the citation and if the littering offense is not combined with an offense that is not prepayable.
Effective: July 15, 2002
History: Amended 2002 Ky. Acts ch. 342, sec. 9, effective July 15, 2002. — Amended
1998 Ky. Acts ch. 23, sec. 17, effective July 15, 1998. — Amended 1974 Ky. Acts ch.
292, sec. 25; and ch. 406, sec. 323. — Amended 1972 Ky. Acts ch. 273, sec. 7. — Created 1966 Ky. Acts ch. 23, sec. 78.

KRS 512 - Criminal Damage to Property
KRS 512.070 - Criminal littering. — Local governments may classify criminal littering as civil offenses
(1) A person is guilty of criminal littering when he:
(a) Drops or permits to drop on a highway any destructive or injurious material and does not immediately remove it; or
(b) Knowingly places or throws litter on any public or private property or in any public or private water without permission; or
(c) 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
(d) Discharges sewage, minerals, oil products, or litter into any public waters or lakes within the state.
(2) Criminal littering is a Class A misdemeanor.
(3) Violators may prepay to the Circuit Court clerk if prepayment is so noted on the citation and if the littering offense is not combined with an offense that is not prepayable.
(4) Notwithstanding any language or provision of this section or KRS 65.8808(3) to the contrary, the legislative body of a local government may, by ordinance, choose to classify the offenses proscribed in subsection (1) of this section as civil offenses in accordance with KRS 65.8808.
Effective: January 1, 2013
History: Amended 2012 Ky. Acts ch. 63, sec. 9, effective January 1, 2013. — Amended
2002 Ky. Acts ch. 342, sec. 10, effective July 15, 2002. — Amended 1982 Ky. Acts ch. 145, sec. 1, effective July 15, 1982. — Created 1974 Ky. Acts ch. 406, sec. 111, effective January 1, 1975.

Boone County Ordinances

Ordinance 97 - Streets and Sidewalks
ORD 97.01 - Debris on county roads or right-of-way
(A) Unlawful to deposit materials on county roads or right-of-way.  It shall be unlawful for any person(s), corporation, association or other entity to deposit or cause to be deposited, mud, soil and/or debris on county roads or the right-of-way of any county road whether directly or indirectly, with or without the use of vehicular or mobile equipment, without the written consent of the Director of Public Works.
(D) County clean-up at expense of violating party.  Unless immediate corrective action is taken, the county, through the Public Works Department, may remove or clean the mud, soil and/or debris from the county road and/or right-of-way and any such removal or cleaning by the county under this section shall be at the expense of the violating party, jointly and severally, including, but not necessarily limited to, the developer, builder, contractor and/or home owner of the subject property.  The Public Works Department shall issue a bill for the actual cost incurred.  This bill must be paid in full within 10 days of the date of issue.  Failure to pay this bill shall result in the county having a lien on the owner's land from which the mud, soil or debris was caused, directly or indirectly, to be deposited on the county road and/or right-of-way.
(Ord. 620.10, passed 10-25-94; Am. Ord. 04-02, passed 1-27-04) 

ORD 97.99 - Penalty
(A)   Any person who violates any provision of this chapter for which no penalty is otherwise provided shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not more than $500.
(B)   Any person(s), corporation, association or other entity found to be in violation of § 97.01 shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and fined not less than $250 nor more than $500.
(Ord. 620.10, passed 10-25-94)
(C)   Any firm, corporation, individual or governmental agency violating the provisions of §§ 97.35 through 97.38 and §§ 97.60 through 97.74 of this chapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and fined not less than $50 nor more than $500.
(Ord. 620.5, passed 2-23-87; Am. Ord. 620.11, passed 8-29-95)