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Emphasis of Topics Covered:
Illegal Dumping and Environmental Crimes, Investigation and Enforcement responsibilities, Environmental Crime Statutes, Investigation, Remediation, Prevention Resources and Materials, The CLEET Test

Who should come:
Anyone interested in environmental law or with a responsibility for preventing illegal dumping in their county (law enforcement officers, tribal environmental representatives, county commissioners, city officials, citizens)

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Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Services
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Litter and Illegal Dumping

Research and experience have shown that litter is the result of individual behavior—choosing to litter or being careless in the handling of waste.  And once litter is on the ground, it attracts more litter.  A clean community, by contrast, can discourage littering and improve community appearance and quality of life. Over 51 billion pieces of litter land on U.S. roadways each year. 

The public health, environmental and economic effects of litter and illegal dumping include:

Ø  Hazardous waste dangers to humans and animals (leaking batteries, spilled motor oil, sharps/needles, pharmaceuticals, etc.)

Ø  Danger to wildlife through ingestion or entanglement (mostly plastics).

Ø  Danger of clogging drains and causing flooding (plastic bags).

Ø  Water pollution (e.g., one quart of motor oil contaminates 250,000 gallons of water, enough water to meet the needs of a family of four for one year).

Ø  Appearance of litter on the ground or floating in water discourages tourism and economic development.

Ø  Costs Oklahoma tax payers $4 million per year to clean litter from state highways.


·         Keep America Beautiful Organization devoted to litter prevention and waste reduction.

·         Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Organization devoted to litter prevention and waste reduction.

·         Cigarette Litter Ways to reduce litter from cigarettes.

·         ITW Hi-Cone: Quest of the Ring Leaders. The Ring Leader Recycling Program was developed to help minimizing the damaging effects of litter on the environment.

Illegal Dumping:

·         Illegal Dumping Fact Sheet about Illegal Dumping.

·         Illegal Dumping Prevention Project Overview of the EPA’s project to reduce illegal dumping.

·         Illegal Dumping News Video explaining what illegal dumping is and solutions to the problem.