Litter is a growing problem in Port St. Lucie and eliminating litter in Port St. Lucie is a priority so that our city can continue to be a great place to live and work.
Keep America Beautiful has long recognized the problems created by litter and ways that individuals and groups can make a difference in combating this pervasive problem.
Cigarette butt litter is a particularly pervasive and intractable form of littering in the city and nationally as well.
How We Combat Litter
Litter Hotline: 772-871-7000
The City's litter hotline allows citizens to report conditions such as commercial or residential litter, illegal dumping, debris in a canal, and general litter in Port St. Lucie.
- Statewide Litter Hotline: 1-800-BAN-LITT(er)
More than 100 miles of city streets remain litter free thanks to more than 100 groups and individuals who have picked up litter from these public roadways.
Held yearly in the Spring to coincide with national Earth Day celebrations, KPSLB's Cleanup Day event has become a tradition in Port St. Lucie, attracting several hundred people every year who want to make an effort to reduce litter in public areas and improve the natural environment of the city. Volunteers are transported from City Hall to various public areas for clean-up.
Held annually at the City’s Public Works complex at 450 Thornhill Drive, Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day makes it easy for residents to get rid of their unwanted household chemicals and hazardous waste by providing a convenient place and time where the materials can be handed over to experts—free of charge—for proper disposal.
The litter crew is comprised of two employees, whose salaries are paid for out of Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful franchise fee funds generated from the franchise fee on all Waste Pro garbage bills. This two-person crew is dedicated solely to picking up litter and addresses many of the litter conditions reported through the litter hotline.
St. Lucie County Sheriff Inmate Litter Removal
Five days a month for approximately six hours, the St. Lucie County Sheriff provides a small crew of supervised inmates who are tasked to clean up litter in pre-designated areas of the City.
Community Appearance Index
Each year, Keep America Beautiful's powerful network of community-based affiliates conducts a comprehensive assessment of the overall appearance of their community using indicators such as litter, illegal signs, graffiti and more. This proprietary tool, called the Community Appearance Index, is designed to gather data annually by surveying a random, statistical sample of a city or town. The annual results are then used to develop a local plan to change attitudes and behaviors regarding litter and related issues. The amount of litter in a community is rated on a scale from 1 to 4, with 4 being extremely littered and 1 being minimal to no litter. In 2019, Port St. Lucie received a score of 1 for minimal to no litter.