According to the state Department of Transportation, the amount of litter in New Hampshire has been roughly level over the past few years. The state spends some money on trash pickups and enforcement, but most of the litter is gathered by volunteers.
Last year the Department spent $870,000 on trash pickup.
Littering is a misdemeanor and carries a $297.60 fine, but the perpetrator must be caught in the act. Last year the state collected $29,742 in fines, according to the Division of Motor Vehicles.
Some environmentalists argue the state could do more to prevent littering. For example, in 2014 Rep. Charles Weed (D-Keene) sponsored HB 1287, a bill that would require a small refundable deposit on beverage containers.
Supporters argued that the small deposit would motivate individuals to recycle bottles instead of throwing them away or littering.
Opponents argued that the deposit would just raise beverage prices with little to no effect on recycling.
The House killed the bill in February 2014.
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