(1) A person is guilty of criminal littering when he:
(a) Drops or permits to drop on a highway any destructive or injurious material and does not immediately remove it; or

Terms Used In Kentucky Statutes 512.070

  • Litter: means rubbish, refuse, waste material, offal, paper, glass, cans, bottles, trash, debris or any foreign substance of whatever kind or description and whether or not it is of value. See Kentucky Statutes 512.010
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Property: includes cattle. See Kentucky Statutes 512.010
  • State: when applied to a part of the United States, includes territories, outlying possessions, and the District of Columbia. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010

(b) Knowingly places or throws litter on any public or private property or in any public or private water without permission; or
(c) Negligently places or throws glass or other dangerous pointed or edged substances on or adjacent to water to which the public has access for swimming or wading or on or within fifty (50) feet of a public highway; or
(d) Discharges sewage, minerals, oil products, or litter into any public waters or lakes within the state.
(2) Criminal littering is a Class A misdemeanor.
(3) Violators may prepay to the Circuit Court clerk if prepayment is so noted on the citation and if the littering offense is not combined with an offense that is not prepayable.
(4) Notwithstanding any language or provision of this section or KRS 65.8808(3) to the contrary, the legislative body of a local government may, by ordinance, choose to classify the offenses proscribed in subsection (1) of this section as civil offenses in accordance with KRS 65.8808.
Effective: January 1, 2013
History: Amended 2012 Ky. Acts ch. 63, sec. 9, effective January 1, 2013. — Amended
2002 Ky. Acts ch. 342, sec. 10, effective July 15, 2002. — Amended 1982 Ky. Acts ch. 145, sec. 1, effective July 15, 1982. — Created 1974 Ky. Acts ch. 406, sec. 111, effective January 1, 1975.