NEWS

Keep Louisiana Beautiful sponsors litter campaign

Staff reports

BATON ROUGE – Keep Louisiana Beautiful, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Police and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is sponsoring its fifth annual anti-litter campaign weekend, Friday through Sunday, April 17-19. 

Zero Tolerance For Litter raises awareness for citizens on the consequences of littering and dumping. The effort is intended to send a strong message from enforcement agencies that litterers will be actively pursued and fined.

With the assistance of Louisiana State Police and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, law enforcement agencies across the state are working with KLB to implement Zero Tolerance weekend policies for their own jurisdictions.

Littering in Louisiana can result in fines from $50 to $5,000 and from four to 100 hours of community service. In addition, driver’s license suspension and jail time are possible penalties.

KLB encourages citizens to clean out truck beds, and to refrain from throwing cigarette butts or other trash out windows or watercraft to avoid ticketing.

Along with issuing citations, the program is designed to raise awareness among Louisianans about the consequences of littering and dumping. Some facts of interest include:

• Litter costs Louisiana taxpayers more than $15 million annually.

• Litter can affect the environment hurting everything from fish breeding grounds to contributing to flooding problems.

“Through the support of Governor Jindal and the help of Louisiana State Police and Wildlife and Fisheries, citizens have become more aware of the negative affects of litter,” said KLB Executive Director Leigh Harris. ‘”Now in its fifth year, Zero Tolerance weekend has gained momentum helping promote statewide litter-free behavior.”

For more information, see www.keeplouisianabeautiful.org.