caught littering in Georgia can be charged with a misdemeanor and,
if found guilty, can be punished by a fine of not less than $100
and not more than $1,000. The law also allows the court to direct
the violator to clean up the littered area and to publish the violator's
name in the newspaper.
caught illegally dumping less than 500 pounds of waste can be charged
with a misdemeanor and can be fined accordingly. Each day a continuing
violation occurs is considered a separate violation. Dumping more
than 500 pounds is considered a misdemeanor on the first offense.
A second conviction is a felony. The penalty for a second conviction
is a fine of up to $25,000 or a prison sentence of up to two years
caught illegally dumping biomedical or hazardous waste, or dumping
for commercial purposes, can be found guilty of a felony. If convicted,
the violator can be fined up to $25,000 and sentenced to two years
you can do to help
enforcing Georgia's Litter and Waste Control Laws is the responsibility
of local and state law enforcement officers, there are a number
of ways citizens can help cut down on littering and illegal dumping.
don't become part of the problem yourself.
people don't realize that some of the things they do every day may
lead to litter. For example, transporting debris in the back of
a truck without a tarp will likely result in the debris blowing
onto the side of the road and becoming litter. Similarly, placing
unsecured waste at the curb for collection invites animals, or even
the wind, to scatter debris along the street. A little prevention
goes a long way. You can help by always disposing of litter properly.
Never throw trash directly into a dumpster-place it in a bag and
secure it before tossing. And always secure cargo with a tarp or
other cover before taking it on the road.
get involved in community efforts.
in volunteer clean-ups, such as the annual "Let's Keep Georgia
Peachy Clean" statewide clean-up or local Keep America Beautiful
the Georgia Department of Transportation's Adopt-A-Highway Program
or the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Adopt-A-Stream Program.
the word to friends and neighbors that illegal dumping is a crime.
local and state law enforcement officials to speak to neighborhood
associations and civic groups about Georgia's Litter and Waste Control
Laws and illegal dumping problems in your community.
or call local elected officials and let them know your concerns
about littering and illegal dumping.
community and business leaders to provide and maintain trash receptacles
where they are needed.
get to know Georgia's laws.
your local law enforcement agency to report violations. With the
public's help, law enforcement and justice officials can more effectively
use these laws to prosecute dumping violators and work toward cleaning
up the environment.
you'd like more information on Litter Awareness, please contact
Keep Georgia Beautiful at (404) 679-4910.
information on Adopt-A-Highway, call the Georgia Department of Transportation
at (404) 656-5269.
For information on Adopt-A-Stream, call the Georgia Department of
Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division at (404) 656-0099
or (404) 656-0069.