Since the police plan to actively enforce the noise ordinance with regard to party-goers, what do they plan to do about the littering that is left behind in the yards after the party stops? The revelers go to bed. The trash stays the next day, the next week, the next month.
Lawrence Police spokesman Sgt. Dan Ward said that police could not arrest someone for a misdemeanor such as littering unless the act happens in their view.
For police to be able to do anything about a piece of litter they didn't witness being dropped, someone would have to be able to prove who dropped it, he said.
Ward suggested that people who find litter left over after a party call the city's codes enforcement division at 832-7700. Through that process, the person responsible for the property can be required to clean up the litter.