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Environmental Division - Beautification Office

Litter Grant Program
James K. Polk Building, Suite 400
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, Tennessee  37243-0333
Phone: 615.532.3456

Teresa Culbreath, Coordinator

Partnership with County Government

TDOT provides Litter Grant funds to all ninety-five counties based on a formula of road miles and population. The minimum grant for the reporting period was $33,700 and the maximum grant was $230,200. The following list shows the amount given to each county in FY 2014.

County List

Anderson

$44,400

Hamblen

$40,300

Montgomery

$70,700

Bedford

$43,200

Hamilton

$108,800

Moore

$33,700

Benton

$34,800

Hancock

$33,700

Morgan

$33,700

Bledsoe

$33,700

Hardeman

$38,600

Obion

$41,500

Blount

$62,400

Hardin

$40,400

Overton

$37,100

Bradley

$55,100

Hawkins

$47,500

Perry

$33,700

Campbell

$40,800

Haywood

$35,200

Pickett

$33,700

Cannon

$33,700

Henderson

$40,600

Polk

$33,700

Carroll

$41,100

Henry

$43,500

Putnam

$49,700

Carter

$42,500

Hickman

$41,300

Rhea

$35,100

Cheatham

$36,600

Houston

$33,700

Roane

$44,400

Chester

$33,700

Humphreys

$35,000

Robertson

$47,400

Claiborne

$41,000

Jackson

$33,700

Rutherford

$95,100

Clay

$33,700

Jefferson

$44,300

Scott

$33,700

Cocke

$41,100

Johnson

$33,700

Sequatchie

$33,700

Coffee

$43,800

Knox

$144,700

Sevier

$58,400

Crockett

$33,700

Lake

$33,700

Shelby

$230,200

Cumberland

$52,500

Lauderdale

$35,300

Smith

$33,700

Davidson

$154,800

Lawrence

$49,200

Stewart

$33,700

Decatur

$33,700

Lewis

$33,700

Sullivan

$71,600

Dekalb

$33,700

Lincoln

$43,800

Sumner

$70,500

Dickson

$45,400

Loudon

$40,700

Tipton

$44,800

Dyer

$40,400

Macon

$35,600

Trousdale

$33,700

Fayette

$43,000

Madison

$55,200

Unicoi

$33,700

Fentress

$34,000

Marion

$34,100

Union

$33,700

Franklin

$42,400

Marshall

$37,200

Van Buren

$33,700

Gibson

$49,000

Maury

$54,400

Warren

$42,000

Giles

$44,100

McMinn

$46,900

Washington

$61,000

Grainger

$34,400

McNairy

$39,900

Wayne

$38,000

Greene

$57,800

Meigs

$33,700

Weakley

$45,200

Grundy

$33,700

Monroe

$44,900

White

$36,800

 

 

   

Williamson

$74,300

 

 

   

Wilson

$60,600

Education efforts save money because when the littering behavior is stopped, we avoid the expense of litter cleanup. Therefore, all counties are required to invest a portion of their funding on education.

FY 2014 Litter Grant Program Results:

  • 23 million pounds of litter removed
  • 400,000 miles of Tennessee roadways
  • 7.7 million pounds of debris recycled
  • 4,000 illegal roadside dumps cleaned up

This volume of litter removal demonstrates the power of partnerships and is a great success.  However, as the graph below illustrates, the Litter Grant Program continues to remove a high volume of litter, year-after-year, and we must ask the unappealing questions, “What is all this litter doing along our roadways in the first place?” 

The answer is the majority of this litter comes from unsecure loads and people intentionally littering from vehicles.  Nevertheless, there is reason to feel optimistic because the statistics seem to indicate that we are making progress.  We are collecting less litter with the same level of cleanup effort; therefore, we believe this demonstrates that litter cleanup and education efforts are having a positive impact.

Pounds of Litter Removed by Fiscal Year
Litter Chart


Partnership with Keep Tennessee Beautiful

Keep Tennessee Beautiful (KTnB) is the cornerstone of TDOT’s litter prevention education and outreach program. KTnB provides expertise in litter prevention education, litter lawenforcement, community enhancement through beautification, and volunteer recruitment and management. TDOT spends a significant amount of money each year on litter pick up and prevention activities. In order to reduce those costs, Tennesseans need to understand the negative impacts of litter on their quality of life, the negative effect on the scenic beauty of Tennessee, and the financial costs associated with litter.

In FY 2015, KTnB plans to launch three dynamic new education initiatives.

  1. Trashercise – this initiative was developed by Aubrey Preston and is intended to simultaneously reduce litter and combat obesity.  The goal is to engage citizens in an effort to clean up their community and exercise by utilizing committed and engaged “Leaders against Litter” who will lead by example.  A pilot Trashercise program was successfully implemented in Williamson County.  Jeff Long, Williamson County Sheriff reports that approximately 6,000 pounds of litter were removed during a single event.
  2. Paint the State Green – this initiative is meant to encourage Tennesseans to participate in a Great American Cleanup event in their county/community.
  3. KTnB Children’s Book – this initiative is modeled on the Legislative Blue Book.  It will instill Tennessee-pride in our children by bringing to life the natural and cultural elements of Tennessee.  The book will be developed by legendary author and illustrator Guy Gilchrist.

Keep America Beautiful honored TDOT with a National Partnership Award for work with KTnB in FY 2014.  In addition, KTnB won an award for their promotion of the Great American Cleanup in Tennessee.

Citizen’s Litter Prevention Hotline

Tennesseans care about preserving the scenic beauty of their community.  TCA 54-1-401 through 54-1-406 requires TDOT to establish a system for citizens to report acts of littering from motor vehicles.  The law requires that TDOT send the litter offender a letter discouraging littering behavior and informing them of the potential legal consequences of littering.  The entire program is anonymous.  No records are kept regarding the person who made the report or the person who received the letter. 

TDOT maintains a toll-free hotline at 1-877-8-LITTER (877-854-8837)
Additionally, citizens may report littering online at http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/environment/beautification/litter.asp.

The information that is necessary to report a littering incident includes:

  • License plate number (Tennessee plates only)
  • Type and make of the vehicle
  • Day and time the incident occurred
  • Location where the incident occurred
  • Type of item tossed or blown from the vehicle

When citizens notify TDOT of a littering incident that they observed, TDOT will mail a letter to the registered owner of the vehicle along with a StopLitter™ car trash bag or portable ashtray and other anti-litter information.  The letter is a gentle reprimand reminding the recipient that littering is against the law and punishable by a fine.

In calendar year 2014, citizens reported 2,848 incidents of littering. 
StopLitter Products List Catalog: http://www.stoplitter.org/productlistforprint.pdf