Planning on tossing that cigarette butt on the ground? Hefty fees outlined in a new amendment to Illinois' state littering law could just nip that butt-throwing habit in the bud.

Thanks to an amendment signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn earlier this month, anyone caught throwing a cigarette butt out a car window or onto the ground or any other public place could face up to a $1,500 fine beginning on Jan. 1, 2014, the Rockford Register Star reports.

The new amendment, sponsored by ex-state Rep. Deb Mell, was initially introduced in February, approved by a 71-45 vote in the House in April and passed in a unanimous 55-0 vote in the Senate in May, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

In addition to the fines, violators convicted of the Class B misdemeanor could even face jail time -- a maximum of six months.

The expansion of the state littering law to include cigarette butts coincides with an effort to expand littering fines in the city of Chicago.

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  • More than four million pairs of eyeglasses are trashed annually, according to <a href="" target="blank">Unite for Sight</a>.

  • 22.3 billion pounds of textiles, including clothing, were thrown away in 2010.

  • The roughly 38,000 miles of ribbon we toss each year is "enough to tie a bow around the Earth," points out <a href="" target="blank">California's department of recycling</a>.

  • According to the <a href="" target="blank">Rubber Manufacturers of America</a>, 1.3 billion pounds of tires wound up in landfills in 2009.

  • In 2010, Americans got rid of 152 million cell phones and other mobile devices, of which 135 million made their way to the trash.

  • Each year more than 350 million pairs of shoes march into landfills, according to the charity <a href="" target="blank">Shoes for the Cure</a>.

  • Ditto nearly 20,000 tons of used tennis balls, says reBonus, a recycling business.

  • Americans manufacture about one billion CDs and DVDs annually, millions of which end up in the trash, says the <a href="" target="blank">CD Recycling Center of America</a>.

  • Over 10 million bikes are dumped into American and European landfills yearly, says <a href="" target="blank">Bicycles for Humanity</a>.

  • 15.8 million tons of reading material (books, magazines) and other paper products were trashed in 2010.