Reducing Litter

Litter is a problem throughout California. Litter affects human safety, wildlife, tourism, and industrial development. Reducing litter in our communities will improve our environment and contribute to a better quality of life.

As County residents, litter impacts us in many ways. It pollutes our community, can decrease property values, reduces quality of life, can be hazardous to both humans and animals, and is costly to clean up.

Littering is illegal. Those violating litter laws can be cited and fined.

You can make a difference in cleaning up litter:

  • Always dispose of your trash in proper receptacles.
  • If you have children, teach them to do the same.
  • Carry a litter bag in your vehicle so you can properly discard of wastes while you are away from home.
  • Never throw anything from your vehicle windows.
  • Always clean up your site after a picnic or other activity.
  • Cover trash receptacles tightly.
  • Secure your load if you carry loose materials in a truck. Items that blow from or fall out of vehicles create traffic hazards as well as unsightly litter.
  • Place your weekly garbage and recycling materials for collection no more than 24 hours before scheduled collection, and make sure materials will not fall or blow out of containers.
  • Avoid the accumulation of unsightly, unwanted materials in your yard.
  • Pick up any litter you see in your yard, or on the sidewalk or street in front of your home.

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