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State axes litter hotline

One of the casualties from recent state budget cuts is a hotline where callers reported litterbugs.

The Department of Ecology has shut down the hotline, which was part of the state's "Litter and It Will Hurt" campaign.

When it was up and running, the hotline was an outlet for residents to report motorists who littered.

That's all history, though, as the state legislature reduced litter prevention and clean-up activities by $7 million for the 2011-13 biennium.

Even though the hotline will be suspended, the highway and roadway litter prevention signs will remain in place to avoid the cost of sign removal.

Despite budget cuts in the litter prevention program, EYC, state Department of Corrections and county crews are continuing to clean up highway and roadway litter. This summer EYC will hire 270 youths statewide to pick up litter.

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