We all know that littering is wrong and the result of careless or blatant behavior. You will be hard pressed to find any pro-litter groups. Here is an overview of the littering laws in North Carolina.
The current North Carolina anti-litter law, General Statute § 14-399 (2001-2002), includes both fines and community service time for both intentional and unintentional littering. A synopsis of the law is provided here. For a more in-depth review of the law, please see the link below for the law in its entirety.
§ 14-399. Littering. (a1) No person, including any firm, organization, private corporation, or governing body, agents, or employees of any municipal corporation shall scatter, spill, or place or cause to be blown, scattered, spilled, or placed or otherwise dispose of any litter upon any public property or private property not owned by the person within this State or in the waters of this State including any public highway, public park, lake, river, ocean, beach, campground, forestland, recreational area, trailer park, highway, road, street, or alley…
(c1) Any person who violates subsection (a1) of this section in an amount not exceeding 15 pounds is guilty of an infraction punishable by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars ($100.00). In addition, the court may require the violator to perform community service of not less than four hours nor more than 12 hours. The community service required shall be to pick up litter if feasible, and if not feasible, to perform other labor commensurate with the offense committed. Any second or subsequent violation of subsection (a1) of this section in an amount not exceeding 15 pounds within three years after the date of a prior violation is an infraction punishable by a fine of not more than two hundred dollars ($200.00). In addition, the court may require the violator to perform community service of not less than eight hours nor more than 24 hours. The community service required shall be to pick up litter if feasible, and if not feasible, to perform other labor commensurate with the offense committed. For purposes of this subsection, the term “litter” shall not include nontoxic and biodegradable agricultural or garden products or supplies, including mulch, tree bark, and wood chips….
Senate Bill 1014, G.S. § 14-399 Littering Sections 1-14 (2001-2002) reads as rewritten.
Did you know 50% of roadside litter is blown, not thrown? Help reduce roadside litter and increase safety by using tarps, cargo nets and tie-downs to secure loads. Follow the link below to read more about how you can do your part to prevent unnecessary litter.
This interagency report outlines the cleanup, education and enforcement initiatives used to combat the littering problem in our state.