Florida's Litter Busters Too Lax

State does little to nab litterbugs

By Brian Hamacher
|  Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009  |  Updated 9:15 AM EDT
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Florida's litter busters are doing a lousy job of enforcing the law, according to state figures released for Earth Day.

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Florida's litter busters are doing a lousy job of enforcing the law, according to state figures released for Earth Day.

Though littering will cost you $100 fine in the Sunshine State, not much has been collected since the state doubled littering fines three years ago.

In the three years since fines were doubled from $50 to $100 per offense, the state has received $213,000 from trash-tossers, about $71,000 per year.

Making matters worse, about a third of Florida's counties haven't collected a dime from litterbugs since the fines were doubled.

Cleaning up litter along the states' roadways and beaches costs taxpayers millions each year.

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