Team Green of SWLA Litter Law Luncheon March 18 2008Presentation Transcript
City of Lake Charles SWLA Team Green Litter Law Luncheon March 18, 2008
Cost of Litter Financial Impact on State
Each year Louisiana spends more than $14 million to clean litter from highways.
According to Keep Louisiana Beautiful, in 2004 the state and sheriff cleanup crews picked up an estimated 450,000 bags of trash.
State law allows penalties for litterers that range form $50 to $5,000. Those who litter also can be sentenced to between four and 10 hours of community service, suspension of their driver’s licenses for one year and even jail time for up to 30 days.
Data collected from Jay Dardenne, Secretary of State http://www.jaydardenne.com/node/92
The Greater Cost of Litter Economic Impact
Two-thirds of college-educated 25 to 34 year-olds report that they will make the decision of where they live first, then look for a job within that area.
Quality of life, safe and clean neighborhoods, recreational parks, green space, and community pride are just some of the factors considered by people when they are searching for a place to live.
A welcoming place that offers professional career options, short commute times, excellent schools, and diverse social interactions.
CEOs for Cities media release June 9, 2006
The Greater Cost of Litter Health & Environmental Issues
Cigarette litter contains toxic chemicals that can end up in storm drains and contaminate our water systems.
Trash and falling items from unsecured loads can cause serious traffic accidents. Debris on roadways nationwide causes 25,000 accidents each year and more than 80 fatalities.*
Dumping tires and small/large household appliances can release dangerous gases and toxins which can harm our children, pets, and local wildlife.
* http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov /
2007 Official Keep America Beautiful Wrap-Up Report City of Lake Charles-Team Green of Southwest LA
Number of Events Held: 7
Number of Volunteers: 637
Number of Hours: 2817
Pound of litter, debris & bulky waste collected: 78,625
Miles of streets, highways-cleaned and beautified: 43,105
Acres of parks/public lands cleaned: 243
Pounds of aluminum/steel collected for recycling: 30,000
Pounds of newspaper collected for recycling: 500
Number of tires collected for recycling: 8664
Number of batteries collected for recycling: 145
Pounds of electronics recycled: 5768
Keeping Lake Charles Litter Free Ordinance Number 14179
Ordinance Number 14179 prohibits litter and prohibits permitting the disposal of litter on public and private property, on roadways and waterways.
This includes business and personal property and the adjacent rights-of-way and roadways.
The Litter Ordinance allows any citizen to report litter to the Ward 3 City Marshal’s Office, and other law enforcement agencies, which have the power to issue a citation or summons to the offender.
City Council to Hear Litter Ordinance #14179 Amendment
The City Council will hear an amendment of the Code of Ordinances as it pertains to Ordinance #14179 at the City Council meeting on March 19, 2008.
As part of this campaign, the City is challenging businesses to come together and get involved in cleaning up their properties and protecting our environment. Additionally, expectations and goals for the appearance and condition of our community will be adopted with the intent that they will become part of our standards as a city.
Continued on next slide
City Council to Hear Litter Ordinance #14179 Amendment (con’t)
First Violation – up to $100
Second and subsequent violations - up to $500
Although a single item of litter shall constitute a civil offense under this section, a single civil penalty shall be imposed on multiple litter violations occurring with a 24 month period.
Above fines are recoverable by civil action before any court of competent jurisdiction.
A criminal conviction is not required to impose the above fines.
The proposed amendment speaks to regulation of litter around local businesses as well as outlining fines:
Litter Education Campaign
What is it? An ongoing effort by the City to educate the general public, local businesses, and elementary school children about the importance of not littering.
Why? To help address the litter problem in our City.
How? Litter ordinance flyers and informational brochures will be circulated to the public by way of water bill inserts, community meetings, elementary schools, and the City’s website at www.cityoflakecharles.com .