Nebraska Motorist Litter Awareness Day is scheduled for April 22. Littering is against the law. Any person, who deposits, throws, discards or otherwise disposes of any litter on any public or private property or in any waters commits the offense of littering. According to the litter laws in Nebraska, first conviction is a class 3 misdemeanor punishable by up to three months imprisonment, $500 fine, or both. A second conviction is a class 2 misdemeanor punishable by up to six months imprisonment, $1,000 fine, or both. Any subsequent convictions are a class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to one year imprisonment, $1,000 fine, or both. The driver of the vehicle is responsible for any litter thrown from his or her vehicle.

Based on the 2009 National Visible Litter Survey and Litter Cost Study 52 percent of the litter found on U.S. road ways originates from motorists. 46 percent of that litter consists of packaging from fast food, snacks, beverages and tobacco. Litter can have a negative impact on the environment and the economy.

Runza and Taco John’s in Scottsbluff and Gering will hand out litter bags in their drive through on Saturday, April 22, to remind the public not to litter from their vehicles.

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