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Trash in toilets costing Fish and Wildlife crews

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LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. -

Turning toilets into dumpsters has caused some serious problems in state bathrooms. It's happening in places like the Liberty Lake public boat launch where people fish and boat. It's cost Fish and Wildlife crews $1,500 to clean up the two bathrooms there, which would normally cost about $400-$500.  

When KHQ went to investigate, there was new trash inside the toilets. Even trash found outside the bathrooms. "Your trash is your responsibility and in my opinion, I think you should bring a nice little garbage bag with you," said Cameron Fyhrie who comes to fish in the area.

There are warning signs there too that say, "Please do not put trash in toilets. It is extremely difficult to remove. Thank you."

Cameron feels bad for the people that have to clean it up. He says he doesn't throw away trash in the toilets. "I don't do it at home, why would I do it out here?" said Cameron.

But you better know before you go. Fish and Wildlife crews along with a local enforcement officer will be in Liberty Lake on Monday at 7:00 a.m. to post new signs and clean up.

It's not abnormal to have trash in these areas however, there's normally about one or two garbage bags full, but this time Liberty Lake had to remove about 20 bags.

There are no garbage cans at the Liberty Lake site because it's specifically a pack-it-in and pack-it-out area. Crews say if there were garbage cans, they'd be filled with household trash.

If you're found throwing trash in the toilets or littering in any way, you could get fined.

Below is a list of the fines:

Civil infraction - $103 fine – less than one cubic foot of litter

Misdemeanor - $500 fine – greater than one cubic foot of litter

Gross misdemeanor - $1,000 fine – greater than one cubic yard of litter

For potentially dangerous materials (glass, human waste, lit cigarette, etc.), $1,025 fine

All of these citations could also carry litter clean-up restitution payments of up to twice as much as actual cost, and/or litter clean-up duty

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