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.
In partnership with Keep America Beautiful, KAB affiliates and partner organizations have an opportunity to participate in a Philip Morris USA initiative. Philip Morris will place 10,000 litter stands to collect cigarette butts in communities nationwide and educate adult smokers 21+ on the importance of disposing of their cigarette butts properly.
Adult smokers are being given the opportunity to enter locations (city and zip code) on a map to indicate where they would like to see a litter stand installed. As stands are placed, an interactive map will populate featuring local stories and showing locations that have been selected.
Keep America Beautiful & Philip Morris USA request your help in finding locations to place litter stands to provide opportunities for adult smokers to dispose of their cigarette butts properly.
- Install the litter stand(s) in an accessible place (e.g., outside entrance to retail location, or transition point where adult smokers commonly dispose of cigarette butts). Hardware is included to mount each receptacle.
- Maintain litter stand(s) (e.g., regularly empty cigarette butts into garbage).
- Share the GPS coordinates of each litter stand’s location with KAB to include on the interactive map. GPS coordinates can be identified in several ways:
- Enter the litter stand location/address into https://www.latlong.net/ and record coordinates.
- Using Google Maps, right-click the place on the map. Select “What’s Here?”. At the bottom of the map, a card with coordinates will appear.
- For every additional litter stand, the littering rate for cigarette butts decreases 9%.
- The majority of smokers said they would properly dispose of their butts if suitable receptacles were available.
- Litter stands and hardware are offered for free.
Litter Stand Specs/Photos:
- Manufactured by Sidewalk Buttler
- Dimensions: 4” x 4” x 14”
- Made of aluminum with black powder coating
- Empties from the bottom, by removing the shackle lock
- Shackle lock & two nuts and bolts are included with the litter stand
Questions? Contact KAB via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Results
The Keep America Beautiful Community Appearance Litter Index is a tool used to visually assess the overall appearance of the various neighborhoods. This is done through indicators such as litter, illegal signs, graffiti, abandoned/junk vehicles and outside storage.
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. Port St. Lucie received a 1.37 or 1.4 rating for 2018, which equates to being “slightly littered.” “Slightly littered” is defined as litter that can be removed by 1 or 2 people and may take up to an hour. This rating is a minor increase, from 1.35 to 1.37; we are still at a 1.4 rating. The programs in place have truly made a difference in our City and have helped to ensure our City remains clean and beautiful. Eliminating litter in this City is a priority, as our City’s Strategic Plan outlines.
Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful continues to engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community surroundings. Through education, litter prevention programs and the Adopt-a-Street program, residents see the many benefits in helping to maintain a clean and litter-free environment. The City addresses the litter conditions reported through the litter hotline, the City app and requests for litter removal from the community. There are many processes in place, including enforcing City codes and ordinances, to protect the health, safety and welfare of the community.
Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful would like to thank the residents and volunteers who continue to support our efforts in helping keep our City litter-free and beautiful.