(Columbia Star) Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and PalmettoPride have announced a comprehensive joint study on the efficacy of state litter statutes and enforcement practices and procedures. This multi-state study is the first of its kind in the country and can serve as a benchmark to measure litter control enforcement efforts across the country.
The two states engaged with Carson Consulting to review existing state litter laws and interview key stakeholders to evaluate the strength of the states’ current litter enforcement tools and systems. Carson Consulting conducted a mixed-methods study examining five years of data from 2016– 2020 and conducted interviews with representatives of law enforcement and judicial officers to gain on-the-ground insight. A primary focus of the research included examining Pennsylvania and South Carolina statutes regarding penalties and reviewing the attitudes, behaviors, and influences that emerge by comparing case disposition with interviews.
Four key takeaways from the study reveal that enforcement is considered necessary to stopping littering and illegal dumping but that activity is low; officers or judges do not favor high fines; there is a high rate of guilty convictions; and community service requirements are considered effective in sentencing.
Read the Joint Litter Enforcement Study- Executive Summary (.pdf)