Hinkley Center, 1996

The economic consequences of unsightly litter are far-reaching. To calculate the total annual costs of cleaning up litter throughout the state, it would be necessary to include the labor costs of thousands of small and large businesses cleaning up their sidewalks, parking lots, and loading docks on a daily basis; the costs of code enforcement and litter control personnel at the county and city levels; the Florida Department of Transportation's costs associated with the maintenance of roadsides throughout the state; and the efforts of thousands of volunteers who clean up adopted roads and parks.

In 1993 the Florida Legislature established a 50% litter reduction goal for the period of January 1, 1994 through January 1, 1997. The Legislature directed the Florida Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management (the Center) to develop a scientifically reliable methodology and to conduct annual surveys to measure the state's progress toward the litter reduction goal.

This report presents the results of the 1996 study. Analysis of the data for 1994, 1995, and 1996 has indicated that the amount of litter along Florida's roadsides has remained fairly stable.

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