Louisiana spends $40 million on litter cleanup

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The executive director of Keep Louisiana Beautiful says state and local governments pay $40 million a year to pick up and haul away litter, from cigarette butts to discarded furniture and appliances.

Leigh Harris told the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment on Thursday that the $40 million for litter cleanup could be used on other programs such as health care and education.

The Advocate reports the panel is looking at the merits of a proposal to impose a nickel deposit on bottles as a way to battle litter.

Rep. Eddie Lambert of Prairieville had a similar bill last year. Lambert said he probably will bring back a similar bill when the Legislature starts its April session.

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