Litter reporting line loses in Wash. budget cuts

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington's "Litter and It will Hurt" campaign has hurts of its own.

The state Department of Ecology says it is suspending the campaign's litter reporting hot line due to state budget cuts.

That means reports of witnessed littering events will no longer be accepted, effective Friday.

The program involved taking litter violation reports from citizens and sending educational letters to the owners of vehicles from which the alleged littering took place.

A state account that paid for the program was reduced by $7 million in the latest two-year budget. But Ecology says calls to the hot line already had been declining, because money to promote it had been eliminated in a previous budget.