The facts below are taken from http://www.keeparkansasbeautiful.com/litter_prevention/
Facts about Littering
Arkansas has 100,000 acres of public roadside along its 16,367-mile state highway system, 9,700 miles of streams, and 600,000 acres of lakes … and, unfortunately, litter can be found along all of them!
It costs Arkansas more than $2 million annually to clean up along the highways, and $5 million in total cleanup costs. And even though littering is illegal in Arkansas – punishable by a fine and community service – litter continues to be a problem.
Common Forms of Litter in Arkansas:
Food Wrappers and Containers
Littering Effects – Litter Impacts Economic Development
Litter isn’t just an environmental issue. It’s also an economic development issue. When prospective businesses tour a community, they’re looking for a dynamic, growing community where their businesses can grow. When communities have a lot of litter, it simply shows that the people living there don’t care about their town’s future. If they don’t, new businesses won’t, either.
This can hurt the economic development of a community. The absence of litter in a community reflects the pride that it shows and really does make a difference. Find out more about littering effects and how you can help clean up your community.
Facts About Littering – How Litter Happens
It Gets Blown
Litter can blow out of a truck bed without the driver knowing.
Avoid putting anything in a truck bed that might blow out on the road.
Cover all loads to avoid items blowing out.
It Gets Thrown
Litter shouldn’t be thrown from a vehicle.
Avoid throwing litter out of car windows by keeping a litterbag in the car at all times. Request your free litterbag today!
It Gets Dumped
It is illegal to continue dumping your trash at the site where a dumpster once was.
These illegal dumping sites can poison groundwater and kill local wildlife.
Don’t create illegal dumping sites.
Reducing litter may be easier than you think! Here are three easy ways to reduce the amount of litter in your community:
Don’t Litter! It’s illegal.
Pick up Litter.
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