Question by  mdfloyd (131)

What is the fine if you get caught littering?

Even with law enforcement, people are still littering.


Answer by  patti (29325)

The law varies from one jurisdiction to another. Most police have bigger issues to deal with in the areas where people are still tossing their trash in the streets.


Answer by  tamarawilhite (17883)

This depends on the jurisdiction. On the first offense, it is usually a written warning. Repeat offenses or serious messes start with $20-$100 files. Serial littering and dumping are several hundred dollar fines.


Answer by  Platypus (180)

It varies greatly not only from state to state but even between cities. The fine is set by the city or the county for rural areas. I have seen ranges from $50 to $200. Social pressure will stop littering before fines ever will.


Answer by  mediajunkie (592)

Littering fines vary and are enforced by cities and towns. This is because they are the ones usually financially responsible for the cleanups. Punishment could also be community service.


Answer by  John (9008)

Littering is generally governed by local ordinances, so the punishment can vary wildly. In some places, it is a small fine. Other places require community service.


Answer by  Ron27 (465)

Littering fines vary by jurisdiction. In California they can reach up to $1000, but in many cases are significantly less expensive than that.

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