Louisiana Spends $40 million on Litter

Posted on May 30, 2010 in Local Issues

Keep Louisiana Beautiful published a 2009 study that found that the state spends roughly $40 million per year on law enforcement, education, disposal and collection of litter at the municipal, parish and state level. Pete Newkirk, director of the Department of Public Works for Baton Rouge, agreed, “ Litter is kind of a big operation. We pick up litter on a daily basis and year round. It’s expensive, but you have to stay on top of it. … You either have to have to make people not litter or have enough resources to pick it up. Having litter crews, community service workers and prisoners, we keep it under control.” However, this is a lot to cover for a lack of personal responsibility

The report estimates that the Department of Transportation and Development spends nearly $8 million to keep state’s roads clean. Additionally, it is estimated that parish governments spend an equal amount to the DOTD while municipalities spend triple that at $24.5 million annually. Furthermore, these numbers do not include commercial garbage pick up.

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