The state's "Litterbug Hotline" is now housed inside the LDWF Enforcement Division and littering tipsters can call 1-888-LITRBUG or 1-888-548-7284 to report any potential littering violations including dumpsites and littering in public.
The LDWF Enforcement Division is the leading litter enforcement agency in the state. LDWF Enforcement Division agents issued 914 littering citations in 2011.
Visit the Keep Louisiana Beautiful Website for more littering information.
Those convicted of litter violations face between $175 and $1,000 in fines and up to eight hours in a litter abatement work program. Dumping violations can carry even more penalties and higher fines depending on the severity of the dumpsite and the damage to the environment.
- Simple littering can be trash flying out the back of a pickup truck and carries up to $175 fines and court costs.
- Intentional littering can be someone deliberately throwing trash out of a window onto the roadway and brings up to a $250 fine.
- Gross littering can be someone depositing large amounts of trash into a ditch or having an illegal dumpsite and carries $500 to $1,000 in fines.
- Each offense also carries up to eight hours in a litter abatement work program.
- Litter costs Louisiana taxpayers $40 million annually.
- Litter takes time to biodegrade/break down. An orange peel takes six months, a plastic bag takes 10 - 20 years and paper 2 - 5 months.
- Cigarette butts are dangerous to wildlife and have been found in the stomachs of cats, dogs, birds and squirrels.
- The four most common litter items in Louisiana are cigarettes, fast-food packaging and candy/snack packaging and beverage containers.
- Litter is a health risk to you and your pet as it attracts rodents, vermin and germs.
- Louisiana taxpayers pick up the bill to collect and dispose of litter, to enforce litter laws, to adjudicate litter violations, and to conduct anti-litter public information and education programs.
- Litter has indirect economic cost including real estate devaluation, loss of new industry and business, and loss of tourism and ecotourism, especially in the state that lays claim to being “Sportsman’s Paradise.”
What Citizens Can Do To Help
- Clean out truck beds and refrain from throwing cigarette butts or other trash out of the car or watercraft.
- Carry a litterbag in your car or boat.
- Securely cover trash containers to prevent animals from spreading litter.
- If citizens witness littering or illegal dumping violations, they are urged to call the state's anti-litter hotline at 1-888-LIT-R-BUG (1-888-548-7284).