Recognizing the ever increasing mobility of the people of Rhode Island as well as the fundamental need for a healthful, clean, and beautiful environment; and further recognizing that the proliferation and accumulation of litter discarded throughout this state impairs this need and constitutes a public health hazard; and further recognizing the need to conserve energy and natural resources; and further recognizing that there is an imperative need to anticipate, plan for, and accomplish effective litter control and recover and recycle waste materials pertinent to litter with the subsequent conservation of resources and energy, there is hereby enacted this “litter control and recycling” chapter.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1984, ch. 251, § 2.)

Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws 37-15-1

  • Litter: means garbage, trash, waste, rubbish, ashes, cans, bottles, wire, paper, cartons, boxes, automobile parts, furniture, glass, or anything else of an unsightly or unsanitary nature thrown, dropped, discarded, placed, or deposited by a person on public property, on private property not owned by the person, or in or on waters of the state, unless the person has:

    (i) Been directed to do so by a public official as part of a litter collection drive;

    (ii) Discarded, thrown, dropped, placed, or discarded the material in a litter receptacle in a manner that prevented the material from being carried away by the elements; or

    (iii) Been issued a license or permit covering the material pursuant to chapters 18. See Rhode Island General Laws 37-15-3