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Joined by local leaders, members of the General Assembly and advocates, Governor John Carney launched the “Keep DE Litter Free” initiative in Rehoboth Beach on Tuesday.

The campaign is aimed at increasing awareness about litter in Delaware, and partnering with local officials to pursue anti-litter polices. According to a 2018 study from Keep Delaware Beautiful and the State of Delaware, more than 6,000 pieces of litter exist on every mile of Delaware roadway surveyed. A majority of that being cigarette butts, plastic bags, aluminum cans and glass bottles.

The Governor said “If you’re like me, you notice litter everywhere – in trees, on highway ramps and along roads in all three counties.” He added “we live in a beautiful state, and we should take care to preserve that heritage.” In addition to the anti-litter initiative, the Governor has also announced support for legislation sponsored by Representative Gerald Brady which would ban single-use plastic bags.