Graffiti is a form of litter and many times the paint spray bottles are left behind and the toxic paint leaks into our groundwater. It is unsightly and lowers property values just the same as litter. Graffiti is a crime as well as littering and as much as People complain about graffiti, they should be complaining more about the cost of garbage instead as it cost the taxpayer even more money.
Environmental Effects of Graffiti
- The aerosol sprays used destroy the earths ozone layer, containing CFC’s.
- Many Aerosol paints are oil based increasing our addiction to oil
- Runoffs can carry chemicals to waterways and groundwater systems.
- Unsightly to many people
- Increases Vandalism in areas
Fumes damage the air and effect the Lungs- High VOC
- City of San Jose, CA spent approximately $2 million in 2006 fighting graffiti.
Pittsburgh, PA (population just over 300,000) spends around $350,000 annually for graffiti clean up.7-
- Omaha, NE spends about $100,000 a year on graffiti removal (population just over 400,000).
- In 2006, the Tennessee Department of Transportation spent more than $240,000 on removing graffiti along its roads and bridges.
- Denver, CO and Milwaukee, WI, with similar populations-just over 550,000-each spend about $1 million annually
- In Houston, TX (population just over 2 million), the city earmarked $2.2 million for cleanup of existing graffiti in 2006.
- Chicago, IL budgeted $6.5 million in 2006 for graffiti removal and Graffiti Blasters, the city’s removal program (population a little over 2.8 million).
- Las Vegas, NV with a population of about 1.7 million spends more than $3 million each year cleaning up graffiti.
- Springdale (AR) paid more than $15,000 in 2007 to remove graffiti around the city. Graffiti appeared on buildings, bridges, drainage ditches, signs, traffic boxes, streets and sidewalks. The reported incidents of graffiti climbed to 454 in 2007, compared with 220 in 2006.
- Seattle Public Utilities spent about $1 million last year for graffiti enforcement, removal, education and outreach, while King County Metro Transit spent $734,000 last year to rid buses, tunnels, park and rides and bus shelters of graffiti.
In Los Angeles
- CalTrans spent $2.7m cleaning up graffiti along the city’s freeways.-Amount of graffiti (7,622,234 square feet)
- The Los Angeles Office of Community Beautification estimates that it spends more than $7 million annually for graffiti abatement and cleanup costs.
- Graffiti Removal cost LA County $30 Million (2007) Caltrans spent
- MTA’s ”bomb’ painted on the concrete walls of the LA River cost $3.7 Million to remove due to the environmental hazards to the watershed.
- $30, 661 spent on surveillance cameras in San Fernando Tunnel that the city spent $36,000 on graffiti removal