Recycle Saline would like to announce that Monday, November 15th though Friday, November 19th we will be hosting a Litter-Free Week across Saline County! During this week we will be encouraging community members and visitors to keep litter off the streets of Saline County and to report any litter violations. A part of our mission is to help educate the residents of Saline County on the importance of litter prevention and recycling.
Community members are encouraged to report all violations of littering as well as illegal dumping by calling the Recycle Saline Tip Line at 501-778-2222 or also by visiting Recyclesaline.org.
Recycle Saline’s main goal for this week is the help curb the amount of litter thrown out down Saline County roadways. We believe by teaming up together with the residents of Saline County as well as the local city and county agencies, we could work as a united front to help reduce the amount of litter.
Not only does reducing the amount of litter help us save tax dollars it also helps many other things. It helps us save our wildlife that suffers from many items that are littered down the road. It would help bring more visitors to Saline County by offering them a litter free environment to come visit. This week will also allow us to teach the younger generation about recycling, as well as teach them about the Arkansas Litter Laws and to do what is right.
Arkansas clearly has a litter issue; Saline County also has a huge litter issue as well as illegal dumping. No matter what street, or roadside you go down the probability of seeing litter is somewhere close to 99%. It could be a large amount of litter; it could be just a few pieces but no matter where you go you will probably see litter. Recycle Saline believes by using this week to help educate as well as enforce Arkansas Litter Laws that we could greatly reduce the amount of litter seen on our roadways. To help reduce the amount of litter is to help our environment, to help animals and nature, to help where our families and children will grow up by doing our part to make it a cleaner place for them to live and grow up. To pick up litter will make our county cleaner and make it where more people would prefer to visit and not be deterred by the amount of litter and trash that we have blowing around.
Interesting Fact about Littering!
-Data Shows, the presence of litter in a community decreases property value by 7%. As per the survey, 40% of homeowners think that the litter reduces the value of homes by 10-24%, and according to 55% of the realtors, property value decreases by about 9%. More than half of the property appraisers will reduce the assessed value of homes if it is littered.
- Cigarette butts make up over half of our littered objects, and they take a grand total of ten years to decompose because of cellulose acetate, contrary to the popular perception that cigarette butts decompose very quickly in only a matter of days. In reality, cigarette butts are a serious threat to environment
- Most Deliberate Litterers mostly belong to the age Between 18 and 34. People within this age bracket are the most likely to litter, whereas older folks and children generally being more responsible. This may suggest that respect for the environment is developed as people get older.
-$11.5 billion is spent every year to clean up litter.
-9 billion tons of litter ends up in the ocean every year.
- In the state of Arkansas, littering is a misdemeanor, and your first conviction is a fine between $100 and $1,000 and eight hours of community service. Subsequent convictions within three years: fine between $200 and $2,000, and 24 hours of community service.
-List of most littered items-
-Fast food wrappers and aluminum cans are the two most common types of items that are found while cleaning litter.
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