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Waste material must be deposited in appropriate containers. For information about litter reduction, prevention, and educational programs call the Keep Lincoln & Lancaster County Beautiful Progam at 441-8035.

The Damage Of Litter

Besides damaging the beauty of our community, accumulations of litter are potential fire hazards and provide breeding grounds and nesting materials for many pests.

Preventing Litter

Wastes blown from improperly covered containers and vehicle loads are the biggest contributors to our litter problems. All garbage cans should have tight fitting lids and dumpsters should not be left open. Refuse placed by the curb for pickup should never be left in open cans, bags or boxes (see section on Garbage Cans for more information). Vehicles must be constructed or loaded so as to prevent litter from being blown about. Loads in open vehicles must be covered. Loads not covered will be charged an extra fee at the landfill.

Cigarette Butts

Cigarettes are the most littered item in America and the world. An estimated 4.5 trillion non-biodegradable cigarette butts are littered worldwide every year. That's billions of cigarettes flicked, one at a time, on our sidewalks, beaches, nature trails, gardens, and other public places. Not only can cigarette litter ruin even the most picturesque setting, but the toxic residue in cigarette filters is damaging to the environment, and littered butts cause numerous fires every year, some of them fatal. For more information please visit this web site: CigaretteLitter.Org.

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