Rio de Janeiro’s New Litterbug Law (with Teeth)

Opinion, by Alfonso Stefanini

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Rio de Janeiro State is trying to get a facelift by introducing a new law that penalizes people for throwing away litter on its streets. This seems like a fair law. After all, over R$16 million or US$8 million are spent every month sweeping the streets and beaches in Rio de Janeiro. The "porcalhões" or piggies indiscriminately throw garbage in the public commons with no consideration for the rest of the population.

The fines will range between R$157 to R$3,000 depending on the size of the . . .

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