R 260
2019 -- S 0854
Enacted 05/02/2019

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Sosnowski, Ruggerio, Paolino, Pearson, and Lombardi
Date Introduced: May 02, 2019

     WHEREAS, Litter is nothing but a piece of waste or rubbish that has been disposed of
improperly, without consent, and at an inappropriate location. Littering simply means throwing
trash on the ground or leaving it lying on the ground instead of placing it in a garbage can,
recycling bin, or refuse container; and
     WHEREAS, Litter is an eyesore that can negatively impact our sense of community and
safety. It spoils the look of where we live and has adverse economic, legal and environmental
impacts; and
     WHEREAS, Litter cleanups cost the United States $11.5 billion a year, and that figure
does not include indirect costs, such as decreased property values, commerce, and tourism; and
     WHEREAS, Areas where higher levels of litter are present are shown to attract crimes.
An area that is not kept clean will give criminals the idea that they will have an easier time
committing crimes in an area that is not well looked after; and
     WHEREAS, Litter spoils water quality when the hazardous waste seeps into soil causing
ground water pollution, and every year over 100,000 marine animals are harmfully affected by
litter pollution; and
     WHEREAS, Litter can also pose health and safety risks to curious children who are more
likely to pick items up; and
     WHEREAS, Litter control programs are critically relevant for future generations and
people of all ages and all walks of life can take part in making a difference in building more
beautiful and healthy communities; and
     WHEREAS, "Green Up Day" is a time to promote the stewardship of our state's natural
landscape and waterways and the livability of our communities by motivating and raising public
awareness about the benefits of a litter-free environment; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby proclaims May 4, 2019, to be "Green Up Day" across the State. We moreover urge the
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management to help in encouraging all Rhode
Islanders to take pride in the place we call home by organizing and conducting community-wide
litter clean-up activities; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Governor of the State of Rhode Island, the
Director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, and Ms. Meagan