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From an MPD press release:
“This email is to inform the community that effective May 1, 2011, the Fourth District will be launching a pilot project for littering enforcement. Attached are a map of the Fourth District boundaries and a flyer about the pilot which will be translated into multiple languages.
Of note- 4D members will issue warnings during the first moth of the pilot (May 1 – 31, 2011) while we educate the public about littering enforcement. Beginning June 1, 2011, violators may receive an actual ticket.”
Littering Enforcement Pilot Project
On May 1, 2011, MPD will launch a littering enforcement pilot in the Fourth Police District. Throughout May, MPD will issue warnings to violators as we work with community partners to educate the public about littering enforcement. Beginning June 1, 2011, anyone violating the city’s littering law in the Fourth District may be issued an actual ticket or subject to arrest. (D.C. Official Code § 8.801 et seq.)
If an officer sees you intentionally or carelessly dropping rubbish, waste matter, refuse, garbage, trash, debris, dead animals or other discarded materials of every kind and description, on public space, in waterways, or on private property not under your control, you may receive a $75 ticket for littering. Failure to properly respond by following the instructions on the back of the ticket will result in additional penalties.
If you are issued a ticket for littering, you are required to provide an accurate name and address to the officer. If you refuse or fail to provide an accurate name and address, you can be arrested. Upon conviction, you will be fined an additional $100 to $250 by the Superior Court.