Raise CA littering fine from 1000 to 10​,000

Raise CA littering fine from 1000 to 10​,000

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Adrian Lembert started this petition to Governor Gavin Newsom and

Raise California littering/illegal dumping fine from 1000 to 10,000 dollars to combat out of control littering and constant illegal dumping on our streets and roads. This financially high fine would act as discouragement for offenders. Profits from increased fine would partially help to offset the cost for cleanups. If offender is unable to pay their fee, he/she would have to do community service by cleaning up designated road/street. Each thousand dollar would represent 12h of community service. Oregon state, with much smaller population, has over 6.000 dollar fine for littering and the whole state is very clean, compared to any street/road in CA. It’s time to finally do something serious to clean up CA environment. High littering fines is one way to combat this constantly getting worse litter epidemic. The cost of implementing new fine would also remain low, since existing litter fine signs can be retrofitted with one more zero, instead of replacing them completely. 

Another way to tackle littering problem is to re-install CRV bottle/cans collection points in all major grocery stores (Lucky’s, Target, Safeway, etc) like they still do in Oregon. This will significantly reduce CRV bottles/cans from being discarded in to environment. This could also assist homeless population by motivating them to collect recyclables for an easy profit, since every near by store would have CRV collection point. These type of radical and serious acts on state level would make big change. CA is the fifth largest economy, yet by looking at condition of our roads and streets, it looks more like slums of third world country. We need real action to tackle this out of control trash issue. This would be a good start. 

Also, high population of state/county prisoners could be easily incorporated to perform regular road clean-ups as part of their community service. This would also save millions in taxpayer’s money for clean-ups done by private contractor firms. 

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