-Developing volunteer programs, such as Adopt-a-Street, where schools, nonprofits, and other community members can pick up trash
-Enforce litter laws through laws, fines, penalties, or incentives
-Introduce a litter tax where the funds can be used to develop educational campaigns
How it Helps
Litter control efforts will ultimately prevent runoff from being polluted with debris and protect water quality, aquatic habitats, and human health.
Educational campaigns to discourage littering behavior should be developed through a collaborative effort. School boards, policymakers, and community members should be engaged throughout the entire process to prevent littering across the community. These programs can target children, employees, and the general public, but the content should be appropriately altered for the specific population.
Anti-littering regulations can be enforced through laws and fines to discourage the behavior. Law enforcement officials can be granted the authority to write citations for violators. Incentive programs can also be developed to encourage community members to report others who do not follow anti-litter ordinances.
1) Don’t Mess With Texas Campaign
Don’t Mess With Texas is an anti-littering campaign developed by the Texas Department of Transportation to prevent littering on Texas highways. In addition to its advertising and educational outreach activities, there are other ways for individuals to get involved in the campaign’s efforts.
2) Virginia Litter Tax
Virginia is one of seven states who has implemented a litter tax program that requires manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of certain products to pay an additional litter tax. These product categories can include certain food, beverages, cigarettes, containers, motor vehicle parts, and many others. Funds generated from the tax can be used to develop educational campaigns and clean up litter.