When I google "drop litter", only results from British websites appear. What is/are typical phrases used in America against littering? Is it simply "do not litter" or is the verb "drop" also used?

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    "No littering" seems to be what I've always seen in the US. "Don't (Do not) litter", too. Can you edit the question title to be in line with the body? – user140086 Dec 14 '16 at 10:31
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    As an American, I saw "drop litter" in this question and thought some military medics had dropped a patient. The process of creating litter has pretty much always been called littering in my experience. "Don't litter" is exactly right for AmE. – stevesliva Dec 14 '16 at 15:44
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    It's trash when it's in your hand or in the proper receptacle, it becomes litter through the act of littering. – John Feltz Dec 14 '16 at 18:33
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    In the south when a dog gives birth to multiples we say she drop litter of puppies – Kris Dec 31 '16 at 1:43
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    In the US, "litter" is a verb meaning to release waste materials onto a surface where they are not wanted. – Hot Licks Dec 31 '16 at 1:43

No, Americans don't use "drop litter". Instead, you'll find signs that just say "no littering", such as this one:

no littering

There are also signs that say "do not litter":

do not litter

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Uh… 'litter' as a noun is something that might be dropped. 'Litter' as a verb is an action that involves dropping litter. Which do you want?

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