Littering Costs

By Kate Gaier
4:15 pm August 31, 2006

Empty bottles, old newspapers, all that garbage lying around can make any pretty city look like a dump.

Rolling out a new campaign to clean up the Peach State, Gov. Sonny Perdue is tackling litter bugs head-on.

Fincher Smith, fed up with litter bugs, said, "People are just lazy. If they can't take the time to throw it in the trash can. It just disgusts me. It's stupid."

Part of the governor's plan is to educate, enforce, and eliminate litterers in their tracks.

Rebecca Mohammed, concerned about litter, said, "That's why we have trash cans; they are for trash to be thrown into."

Eleanor Moore added, "It's aggravating to me. I usually say something to my children to try to use it as a teaching time to teach my children not to litter."

While most residents say they know it's wrong to litter, what they don't know is they could be slapped with nearly a $400 fine for not putting trash in its place.

Randi Moon said, "Excellent, good, yeah, it should be more."

Officials with Thomas County Sanitation and Solid Waste say the price of picking up garbage trickles down to the taxpayer. Most of the time inmate crews and persons sentenced to community service are the ones cleaning up, but someone must be paid to watch over them.

Either way, it's a lose-lose situation when garbage doesn't make it to a waste container. Officials say they are trying to resurrect the "Thomasville-Thomas County Clean Commission," an organization dedicated to cleaning up the city.