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(415 ILCS 105/) Litter Control Act.

415 ILCS 105/1

    (415 ILCS 105/1) (from Ch. 38, par. 86-1)
    Sec. 1. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the "Litter Control Act".
(Source: P.A. 78-837.)

415 ILCS 105/2

    (415 ILCS 105/2) (from Ch. 38, par. 86-2)
    Sec. 2. The General Assembly finds and determines that:
        (i) rapid population growth, the ever increasing
mobility of the population and improper and abusive discard habits cause the existence, proliferation and accumulation of litter upon public and private property in this State;
        (ii) litter is detrimental to the welfare of the
people of this State; and
        (iii) while there has been a collective failure by
government, industry and the public to develop and accomplish effective litter control, there is a need to educate the public with respect to the problem of litter and to provide for strict enforcement of litter control measures.
    This Act is, therefore, necessary to provide for uniform prohibition throughout the State of any and all littering on public or private property so as to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of this State.
(Source: P.A. 78-837.)

415 ILCS 105/3

    (415 ILCS 105/3) (from Ch. 38, par. 86-3)
    Sec. 3. As used in this Act, unless the context otherwise requires:
    (a) "Litter" means any discarded, used or unconsumed substance or waste. "Litter" may include, but is not limited to, any garbage, trash, refuse, cigarettes, debris, rubbish, grass clippings or other lawn or garden waste, newspaper, magazines, glass, metal, plastic or paper containers or other packaging construction material, abandoned vehicle (as defined in the Illinois Vehicle Code), motor vehicle parts, furniture, oil, carcass of a dead animal, any nauseous or offensive matter of any kind, any object likely to injure any person or create a traffic hazard, potentially infectious medical waste as defined in Section 3.360 of the Environmental Protection Act, or anything else of an unsightly or unsanitary nature, which has been discarded, abandoned or otherwise disposed of improperly.
    (b) "Motor vehicle" has the meaning ascribed to that term in Section 1-146 of the Illinois Vehicle Code.
    (c) "Person" means any individual, partnership, copartnership, firm, company, corporation, association, joint stock company, trust, estate, or any other legal entity, or their legal representative, agent or assigns.
(Source: P.A. 98-483, eff. 1-1-14.)

415 ILCS 105/4

    (415 ILCS 105/4) (from Ch. 38, par. 86-4)
    Sec. 4. No person shall dump, deposit, drop, throw, discard, leave, cause or permit the dumping, depositing, dropping, throwing, discarding or leaving of litter upon any public or private property in this State, or upon or into any river, lake, pond, or other stream or body of water in this State, unless:
    (a) the property has been designated by the State or any of its agencies, political subdivisions, units of local government or school districts for the disposal of litter, and the litter is disposed of on that property in accordance with the applicable rules and regulations of the Pollution Control Board;
    (b) the litter is placed into a receptacle or other container intended by the owner or tenant in lawful possession of that property for the deposit of litter;
    (c) the person is the owner or tenant in lawful possession of the property or has first obtained the consent of the owner or tenant in lawful possession, or unless the act is done under the personal direction of the owner or tenant and does not create a public health or safety hazard, a public nuisance, or a fire hazard;
    (d) the person is acting under the direction of proper public officials during special cleanup days; or
    (e) the person is lawfully acting in or reacting to an emergency situation where health and safety is threatened, and removes and properly disposes of such litter, including, but not limited to, potentially infectious medical waste as defined in Section 3.360 of the Environmental Protection Act, when the emergency situation no longer exists.
(Source: P.A. 92-574, eff. 6-26-02.)

415 ILCS 105/5

    (415 ILCS 105/5) (from Ch. 38, par. 86-5)
    Sec. 5. No person shall dump, deposit, drop, throw, discard or otherwise dispose of litter from any motor vehicle upon any public highway, upon any public or private property or upon or into any river, lake, pond, stream or body of water in this State except as permitted under any of paragraphs (a) through (e) of Section 4. Nor shall any person transport by any means garbage or refuse from any dwelling, residence, place of business, farm or other site to and deposit such material in, around or on top of trash barrels or other receptacles placed along public highways or at roadside rest areas.
(Source: P.A. 78-837.)

415 ILCS 105/6

    (415 ILCS 105/6) (from Ch. 38, par. 86-6)
    Sec. 6. No person shall allow litter to accumulate upon real property, of which the person charged is the owner or tenant in control, in such a manner as to constitute a public nuisance or in such a manner that the litter may be blown or otherwise carried by the natural elements on to the real property of another person.
(Source: P.A. 78-837.)

415 ILCS 105/7

    (415 ILCS 105/7) (from Ch. 38, par. 86-7)
    Sec. 7. No person shall abandon a motor vehicle on any highway, on any public property or on any private property of which he is not the owner or tenant in lawful possession in this State. The person to whom last was issued the certificate of title to the vehicle by the Secretary of State is presumed to be the person to have abandoned that vehicle, but such presumption may be rebutted.
(Source: P.A. 78-837.)

415 ILCS 105/8

    (415 ILCS 105/8) (from Ch. 38, par. 86-8)
    Sec. 8. Persons who violate any of Sections 4 through 7 are subject to the penalties set out in this Section.
    (a) Any person convicted of a violation of Section 4, 5, 6 or 7 is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor. A second conviction for an offense committed after the first conviction is a Class A misdemeanor. A third or subsequent violation, committed after a second conviction is a Class 4 felony.
    (b) In addition to any fine imposed under this Act, the court may order that the person convicted of such a violation remove and properly dispose of the litter, may employ special bailiffs to supervise such removal and disposal, and may tax the costs of such supervision as costs against the person so convicted.
    (c) The penalties prescribed in this Section are in addition to, and not in lieu of, any penalties, rights, remedies, duties or liabilities otherwise imposed or conferred by law.
    (d) An individual convicted of violating Section 4 or Section 5 of this Act by disposing of litter upon a public highway may, in addition to any other penalty, be required to maintain litter control for 30 days over a designated portion of that highway, including, at the discretion of the agency having jurisdiction over the section of highway in question, the site where the offense occurred, as provided in Section 50 of the Illinois Adopt-A-Highway Act.
    (e) A mandatory minimum fine of $50 must be imposed against any person who is convicted of violating Section 5 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-472, eff. 1-1-14.)

415 ILCS 105/9

    (415 ILCS 105/9) (from Ch. 38, par. 86-9)
    Sec. 9. Whenever litter is thrown, deposited, dropped or dumped from any motor vehicle not carrying passengers for hire, the presumption is created that the operator of that motor vehicle has violated Section 5, but that presumption may be rebutted.
(Source: P.A. 78-837.)

415 ILCS 105/10

    (415 ILCS 105/10) (from Ch. 38, par. 86-10)
    Sec. 10. In order to assist the public in complying with this Act, the owner or person in control of any property which is held out to the public as a place for assemblage, the transaction of business, recreation or as a public way shall cause to be placed and maintained receptacles for the deposit of litter, of sufficient volume and in sufficient numbers to meet the needs of the numbers of people customarily coming on or using the property.
    For purposes of this Section, "property held out to the public for the transaction of business" includes, but is not limited to, commercially-operated parks, campgrounds, drive-in restaurants, automobile service stations, business parking lots, car washes, shopping centers, marinas, boat launching areas, industrial parking lots, boat moorage and fueling stations, piers, beaches and bathing areas, airports, roadside rest stops, drive-in movies, and shopping malls; and "property held out to the public for assemblage, recreation or as a public way" includes, but is not limited to, any property that is publicly owned or operated for any of the purposes stated in the definition in this paragraph for "property held out to the public for the transaction of business" but excludes State highway rights-of-way and rest areas located thereon.
    The Secretary of Transportation and the Director of Natural Resources shall prescribe the type or types of litter receptacles to be placed on property under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation and of the Department of Natural Resources, respectively. The Secretary of Transportation shall also promulgate rules and regulations governing the placement of receptacles on property under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation.
    If no litter receptacles are placed on property described in this Section the owner or person in control of the property may be convicted of a petty offense and fined $100 for violating this Section. If the owner or person in control of such property has placed litter receptacles on his property but the number or size of such receptacles has proved inadequate to meet the needs of the numbers of people coming on or using his property as indicated by the condition and appearance of that property, and the owner or person in control has failed to provide sufficient or adequate receptacles within 10 days after being made aware of that fact by written notice from the appropriate law enforcement agency, he may be convicted of a petty offense and fined $25 for each receptacle not so provided and maintained.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

415 ILCS 105/11

    (415 ILCS 105/11) (from Ch. 38, par. 86-11)
    Sec. 11. This Act shall be enforced by all law enforcement officers in their respective jurisdictions, whether employed by the State or by any unit of local government. Prosecutions for violation of this Act shall be conducted by the State's Attorneys of the several counties and by the Attorney General of this State.
(Source: P.A. 99-642, eff. 7-28-16.)

415 ILCS 105/13

    (415 ILCS 105/13) (from Ch. 38, par. 86-13)
    Sec. 13. If any provision of this Act, or the application of such provision to any person or circumstance is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of the Act which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this Act are declared to be severable.
(Source: P.A. 78-837.)

415 ILCS 105/14

    (415 ILCS 105/14) (from Ch. 38, par. 86-14)
    Sec. 14. This Act takes effect January 1, 1974.
(Source: P.A. 78-837.)