"Litterbugs" can be found among people of every age, sex, race and ethnic origin, at every level of society and in all geographic locations.
Litter threatens the quality of our environment and is a problem that affects everyone in the community.
Litter costs money. In 2017, litter cleanup cost the Missouri Department of Transportation $6.8 million.
Litter destroys the beauty of the community. Tourism is important to Missouri and its economy. Litter can give a poor impression to visitors.
Litter is a safety hazard and can act as a breeding ground for fire and disease.
Litter can impact insurance rates as accidents can result from litter debris.
Litter can discourage the opportunity for economic development and impacts real estate values. Businesses will not locate in a community that appears blighted based on the amount of trash and where the community lacks in pride to effectively control litter problems.