The Beautification Commission is determined to eliminate litter from St. Charles streets and parks. The commission has partnered with the State of Missouri to promote the No MOre Trash! Anti-litter campaign.
The Missouri Litter Profile determined that the people most likely to litter are:
- Age 16 to 24, particularly when in groups
- Eats fast food at least twice a week
Reasons for littering:
- Doesn’t care
- Not aware he/she is littering
- Thinks others will pick it up
- No trash can handy
Major types of litter on Missouri roads:
- Fast food waste – 33%
- Paper – 29%
- Aluminum 28%
- Glass – 6%
- Plastic – 2%
- Other – 2%
- Littering is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 (Missouri State Law)
- Current St. Charles City ordinance provides penalties of up to $500 for each violation of the litter ordinance and/or imprisonment of up to 3 months.
- More than $6 million is spent annually to remove trash from Missouri highways, and in St. Charles, $25,000 is spent annually on the Clean-Team to remove litter from our city.