By Maria Lopez Conde, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Dropping an empty soda can on the busy streets of Copacabana could earn you a pricey R$157 fine this year, as Rio de Janeiro will begin to issue fines for those caught littering public spaces in July, city officials announced last month.

The initiative, part of the Prefeitura’s Lixo Zero (Zero Waste) program, will enforce penalties established by an urban sanitation law approved in 2001.

An individual caught throwing garbage the size of a beer can or smaller on the ground will be fined R$157. Disposing of . . .

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