No person shall throw, drop, deposit, discard, or otherwise dispose of litter upon any public property in the state or in the waters of this state or upon private property in this state owned by him or her except:

Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws 37-15-6

  • 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

  • Litter receptacle: means those containers adopted by the department of environmental management and which may be standardized as to size, shape, capacity, and color and which shall bear the state anti litter symbol, as well as any other receptacles suitable for the depositing of litter. See Rhode Island General Laws 37-15-3
  • Person: means any natural person, political subdivision, government agency, public or private corporation, partnership, joint venture, association, firm, individual proprietorship, or other entity whatsoever. See Rhode Island General Laws 37-15-3

(1) When the property is designated by the state or by any of its agencies or political subdivisions for the disposal of solid waste or litter, and the person is authorized to use the property for that purpose; or

(2) Into a litter receptacle in a manner that the litter will be prevented from being carried away by the elements.

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