The facts are that the Georgia Department of Transportation annually removes litter from 1,245 interstate miles and 18,000 state route miles.
Cities and counties are responsible for litter cleanup along 96,818 miles of local roads or 84 percent of the total road miles in the state.
KPB and other organizations annually participate in Great American Cleanup activities. In 2006, volunteers picked up almost 4 million pounds of litter and debris. During this effort, an estimated 270,000 volunteer hours – the equivalent of 130 full-time workers – was devoted to cleaning up litter.
In 2006, the Georgia Department of Transportation spent almost $14 million to pick up litter on state highways alone. This does not include local government, nonprofit and corporate cleanup efforts.
In Georgia, it costs $90 million annually to throw away 2.6 million tons of cans, bottles and newspapers that are collected and moved to Georgia landfills. Those items would have an estimated market value of $300 million if they were recycled.
Litter prevention is more than cleanup activities, according to local and state officials. Eight out of 10 Georgians feel someone else will pick up the litter they throw out of a vehicle.