Littering is illegal and should be more strongly regulated. We see litter everywhere, wrappers thrown on the ground, bottles, cans and more. Littering is against the law, and supposedly enforced. Studies suggest that there are roughly 5.12 billion pieces of litter on roadways across the nation. This means that there are 6,729 pieces of litter per mile of roadway. Seventy five percent of Americans admit to littering in the last five years. In the United States, the fine for littering can be anywhere from $50-$2,500 for the first offense. In the state of Virginia, littering is punishable by up to 12 months in prison. Laws were set to prevent littering, but they are clearly not being enforced strongly enough. People continue to do this, yet there seem to be no consequences given. Government authorities should be held responsible for enforcing these laws, and be more efficient in doing so.

Finlay Bressler

Boulder