Hinkley Center, 1999

Litter is a costly solid waste management problem that affects Florida's economy, environment, and quality of life. State agencies, local governments, and the business community spend millions of dollars each year to clean up litter on roadsides, city streets, loading docks, parking lots, public lands, rivers, streams, beaches, parks, and recreation areas (FCSHWM 1997).

In 1993 the Florida Legislature established a 50% litter reduction goal for the period of January 1, 1994 through January 1, 1997. From 1994-1997 survey results indicated a statistically significant increase in the amount of large litter items found on Florida's roadsides. The estimated increase for 1994-1997 was 17% based on litter density, and 18% based on the total number of items.

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