Shreveport's litter problem
SHREVEPORT, La. (KMSS) — Most residents would agree that litter is a big problem here in Shreveport.
According to the Shreveport Police Department, 10 litter citations were given in 2011, 17 in 2012 and 3 so far this year. If caught littering in the city limits, violators can face a fine up to $500.
More than 51 billion pieces of litter lands on U.S roadways and neighborhoods each year and it costs the country almost 11.5 billion dollars to clean it up.
“We need consequences for those who walk and drop their trash on the ground, we need consequences for those who drive and throw there trash out of the window," said Casaundra Calloway who works with Shreveport Green.
According to the Shreveport Department of Property Standards, they are staying vigilant for violators.
"We are holding property owners responsible, we are going to notify you, we are going to contact you," said Director of Property Standards Dorothy Farnell.
One thing officials are agreeing on is that it’s going to take all departments to come together to help fight litter violators.
“It's a joint effort for all of us to make out city the next best city of the south and if we can do that, I think we will see some progress,” said Farnell.