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LET LOUISIANA SHINE. STOP LITTERING.

Thank You for Keeping Litter Out of Louisiana

Louisiana’s litter problem is hurting our quality of life. Let’s work together to put the paradise back in Sportsman’s Paradise.

WHAT IS LITTER?

Litter can include paper, fast food wrappers, beverage cans, Styrofoam, cardboard, plastic bottles, cigarette butts, tire parts, plastic bags, clothing, and even biodegradable items. When not disposed of properly, your trash adds to Louisiana’s litter problem.

Litter is Harmful

Litter is harmful to Louisiana’s wildlife, but it also poses danger to our residents. Litter creates potential road hazards. It clogs drainage systems, which contribute to flooding. It can also create a breeding ground for mosquitos.

Litter is Costly

In Louisiana, an estimated $40 million in taxpayer dollars are spent each year on litter removal, abatement, education, and enforcement.

Litter is Illegal

The penalties for littering in Louisiana range from $150 to $10,000 and include the possibility of community service, a one-year driver’s license suspension and even 30 days of jail time. To learn how you can report littering in Louisiana, click here.

LITTER TAKES SO MUCH FROM LOUISIANA, YET IT TAKES SO LITTLE TO PREVENT IT.

81% of litter is intentional.

  • 16% of roadside litter comes from trucks with improperly covered loads.
  • 98.5% of litter on roadways and in greenspaces is attributable to motorists and pedestrians.

10 WAYS YOU CAN LET LOUISIANA Shine

There’s so much we can do in our daily lives to keep litter out of Louisiana. Here are some ways you can keep Louisiana beautiful.

LET’S PLEDGE TO CLEAN UP LOUISIANA YEAR-ROUND.

Are you committed to cleaning up Louisiana? Take the pledge to clean up litter on every 4th Saturday in 2022! On a monthly basis, you can clean up your neighborhood, a park, or a roadway, or another space in your community. After each cleanup, please submit a pledge report.

 

TRY A TIP FROM THIS LIST!

  1. Keep your garbage bags tied tight and cover your bins to shield trash from the wind and wildlife.
  2. Keep a garbage bag in your vehicle and dispose of your trash properly when you get home.
  3. Don’t toss cigarette butts out your vehicle window! Get a travel ashtray to keep butts off our roadways.
  4. Check the bed of your truck to ensure it’s free of trash and debris that could fly out and become litter.
  5. When transporting large items, secure your load with tarps, nets, or tie-downs.
  6. Don’t toss food or food containers onto roadways. Not only is this litter unsightly, it can also kill wildlife.
  7. When you see it, pick it up with gloves or grabbers.
  8. Organize a litter cleanup or volunteer for one in your community.
  9. Use a reusable grocery bag to reduce the number of plastic bags that become litter.
  10. Spread the word! Share photos and videos showcasing Louisiana’s beauty and what you’re doing to protect it with the hashtag #LetLouisianaShine.

When you see someone tossing litter from their vehicle, report them by calling LDWF’s anti-litter hotline at 888.LITRBUG (888.548.7284).