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Thursday, February 22, 2024
Feb. 22, 2024

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Letter: Place penalties on littering


Your recent article “Marred by litter: Millions of pounds of trash soil Washington roads and state lands” (Washington State Standard, Sept. 20) makes no mention of littering laws that levy fines on people who create the mess along our highways.

Instead, the article focuses on the litter tax and attempts to ban single-use items, implying that people can’t be held accountable if they are given products that can be littered.

Believe it or not many of us are able to resist the temptation to litter and manage to use waste baskets and trash bins. I’m going to make a rash suggestion that if we increase the fines for littering and encourage people to report littering we might begin to see a gradual reduction in temptation littering. It might be worth a try.

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