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MAY 2007

Carelessness contributing factor to Georgia’s litter problem

Careless or negligent, litter caused by unsecured items falling off or blowing out of vehicles is among the major factors affecting Georgia’s roads, according to a new report. The research shows that the state’s most littered areas include urban and rural freeways.

About two-thirds of litter in Georgia comes from negligent sources such as construction sites, improperly maintained trash receptacles, recycling and trash vehicles and the remains of vehicle accidents.

These findings are the result of the Georgia 2006 Visible Litter Survey conducted on behalf of Governor Perdue’s Litter Abatement and Prevention Task Force by R. W. Beck, Inc., a management consulting and engineering firm that specializes in energy and waste resources.

The Task Force will use these results to direct the “Litter. It Costs You” initiative, which focuses on three-pronged approach to fighting litter in Georgia: education, eradication and enforcement.

Based on an extensive study of 96 sites throughout Georgia in 2006, R. W. Beck characterized more than 16,000 littered items identified littering trends.

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