Litter Prevention

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Y'all ain't right

Franklin is a beautiful community with tremendous environmental and cultural resources. We have much to be proud of, but like many communities, Franklin does have a minimal amount of litter along our city streets and local waterways. Whether it is intentional or accidental, there are things everyone can do to keep litter out of our streets and drainage areas.

Studies have shown that the most prevalent types of litter include cigarette butts, paper, plastic, vehicle debris, packaging, and beverage containers. There is also a trend away from deliberate littering, with littering as a whole dropping by about 2% annually.

One of the largest factors affecting a person’s decision to litter is the condition of the physical surroundings. Individuals are substantially more likely to litter into dirty or already littered environments than into clean ones. Not surprisingly, littering rates decrease as the convenience of using a proper receptacle increases. Generally, more trash receptacles reduce litter.

According to the Tennessee Department Of Transportation the state spends $15 million on litter pick up every year on state roads and 28 percent of litter in Tennessee is classified as intentional litter, meaning it’s thrown right out of vehicle windows.  The research also discovered that 72 percent of litter in the state is considered negligent litter, which includes vehicle debris and trash flying out of uncovered pickup truck beds.  Signage will soon be available for contractors to post at construction sites as well as educational materials in our Building and Neighborhood Services Department.

 

Anti Litter Image Get Involved

If you see somebody litter, please take a moment and report it here: TDOT Online Litter Report Form

The TDOT Adopt-A-Highway Program is always looking for businesses, neighborhoods, church groups, and other organizations to adopt a street. 

Keep Williamson Beautiful is the volunteer division of the Williamson County Solid Waste Department and an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Tennessee Beautiful the nation's leading nonprofit in sustainability. They host special events throughout the year, provide clean-up kits, have special programs with the local schools, and conduct research.

The Williamson County Sheriff's Office also uses inmates for roadside litter pickups. 

Please email stoplitter@franklintn.gov to report areas with excessive litter along City streets and waterways. 

 

Nationwide Statistics: 

• 93% of homeowners say a littered neighborhood would decrease their assessment of a home’s value and influence their decision to purchase a property.

• 36% of business development officials say that litter impacts a decision to locate to a community.

• 55% of realtors think that litter reduces property values by about 9%.

• 60% of property appraisers would reduce a home’s value if it was littered.

• The presence of litter in a community decreases property values by a little over 7%, according to the National Association of Home Builders pricing model.