OLR Research Report


February 15, 2002

 

2002-R-0220

CONNECTICUT'S LITTERING LAW

By: Paul Frisman, Research Analyst

Year

Litter is

Left on or at

Fine

1897

Nails, tacks, glass, crockery, scrap iron, wire

Highways, streets

Maximum of $ 20

1955

adds: trash, papers and other offensive materials

 

Maximum of $ 50

1959

 

adds: state parks and beaches

 

1963

 

adds: state forests

Maximum of $ 100 and up to 30 days in jail

1967

   

Fine increased to $ 200

1969

 

adds: lakes, ponds, boat launches and other public recreational facilities

 

1974

Current definition

adds: any public property or private property owned by another

Eliminated jail time and reduced penalty to $ 10 for first offense, up to $ 100 for subsequent offenses. Court can order litterer to remove litter from where he left it.

1978

   

adds: Court can order repeat offenders to pick up litter for between four and 12 hours for a second conviction; between 8 and 35 hours for a third or subsequent conviction.

Year

Litter is

Left on or at

Fine

1985

   

Penalty changed to infraction. Eliminates other penalties

1988

   

Penalty changed to maximum fine of $ 250

1992

   

Penalty changed to infraction