'Quit the Littering!' Calendar Contest OPEN NOW!
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:
- NEVER LITTER!
- 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!