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'Quit the Littering!' Calendar Contest OPEN NOW!

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Calling all K-5 students in Boone County!
To help keep our county clean, we need students to get creative and create a slogan and/or a black and white drawing for the 2022 Quit the Littering Calendar. All slogan and drawing entries will be judged, and prizes will be given out to students at a 2022 Fiscal Court Meeting. 

Litter is expensive. Each year…

  • Around $250,000 of our local tax dollars are spent cleaning up litter in Boone County
  • Around $9 million of our taxes are spent cleaning up litter across Kentucky
  • Countless hours and supplies have to be donated by volunteers who work to help keep our communities clean
  • The estimated cost of litter pickup is 30 cents per piece of litter
  • One mile of highway contains approximately 16,000 pieces of litter – that’s almost $5,000 of work!

Litter has a HUGE impact.

  • Litter reduces property values – heavily-littered neighborhoods experience more vandalism, other crimes, and (you guessed it!) more litter
  • Tobacco products (cigarette butts, cigars, filters, etc.) make up around 32% of existing litter
  • A tossed cigarette butt will take up to 12 years to break down, while leaking heavy materials (cadmium, lead, arsenic, etc.) into our soil and waterways
  • One of our biggest problems are unsecured loads in the back of trucks

So… What can I do? There are a few things that can help our case of the litter. Here are some easy ones:

  • Talk with friends, parents, and anyone who will listen about littering and its effects
  • Secure loads and remove any loose trash
  • Never throw a cigarette butt on the ground – use a cup instead!
  • Pick up litter in your neighborhood – if you don’t, who will?
  • Don’t throw food out the car window – animals are attracted to the scent and usually end up as roadkill or cause accidents

The deadline to turn in entries is October 22nd, 2021, at 3:00pm. They can be mailed or dropped off to the Boone County Public Works Office (5645 Idlewild Road, Burlington, KY 41005).

Download the registration form and rules here!


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