MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The state is trying to reduce the $7 million annual cost of cleaning up litter in Alabama.
A new campaign by the Alabama Department of Transportation highlights both the huge cost of removing roadside trash and the potential penalties for being a litterbug.
The fine for a first conviction for littering is $500, and a second conviction can cost $1,000 plus community service. Lawmakers increased the penalties last year.
The problem trash includes cigarette butts, fast-food trash, plastic bottles and old drink cans.