What are the penalties for littering?

High fines, license suspension possible if you are caught

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Now that the snow is melted, we are seeing a lot more litter that had been covered by piles of snow. If you are caught contributing to the problem, however, it could cost you a lot.

The penalties for littering vary depending on where you are and how much you disposed. Littering can be either a civil or criminal violation, with a criminal penalty costing anywhere between $5,000 and $15,000. Civil penalties range from $20 to $100.

“I think people just do it anyways because most of the time, there’s not a police officer around. Or, they’re driving fast, or they’re walking,” Sasha Gross of Northampton said.

State law says that if you or one of your passengers are caught littering from your car, your driver’s license could be suspended for up to seven days.

Flicking a cigarette out of your car also counts as littering under Massachusetts law.

If you’re caught littering, you could lose your license