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Litter Abatement: Home

Community and place building

Let Louisiana Shine


  • Keep your garbage bags tied tight and cover your bins to shield trash from the wind and wildlife.
  • Keep a garbage bag in your vehicle and dispose of your trash properly when you get home.
  • Don’t toss cigarette butts out your vehicle window! Get a travel ashtray to keep butts off our roadways.
  • Check the bed of your truck to ensure it’s free of trash and debris that could fly out and become litter.
  • When transporting large items, secure your load with tarps, nets, or tie-downs.
  • Don’t toss food or food containers onto roadways. Not only is this litter unsightly, it can also kill wildlife.
  • When you see it, pick it up with gloves or grabbers.
  • Organize a litter cleanup or volunteer for one in your community.
  • Use a reusable grocery bag to reduce the number of plastic bags that become litter.
  • Spread the word! Share photos and videos showcasing Louisiana’s beauty and what you’re doing to protect it with the hashtag #LetLouisianaShine.

TED Talk: Jeff Kirschner on Litter

Litter Statistics

  • 90% of U.S. residents agree that litter is a problem in their state.
  • Of the 50 billion pieces of litter, 24 billion are along roadways and 26 billion are along waterways.
  • An estimated 207 million PPE items were littered on U.S. roadways and waterways through early fall 2020.
  • More than 2,000 pieces of litter per mile.

From the 2020 National Litter Study

Keep Louisiana Beautiful: Rocksey the Raccoon