By: Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 13, 2018
Valdosta, Ga. (WCTV) -- A new zero-tolerance policy for litter bugs has city staff saying "Pick it up, or pay up."
Valdosta police said littering has been a growing problem over the last several years.
Last month, the city received a grant to install 20 new trash cans in key areas throughout Valdosta to try and fix the problem, but city staff said that isn't enough. The Valdosta Police Department announced officers will be strictly enforcing the litter laws, which could lead to fines between $196-$67. But with the growing litter, tax dollars are now responsible for the clean up.
"In many areas of our community, [public works employees] have to spend a day picking up litter before they can even mow the right of way, so you can imagine the efficiencies we can begin to experience if we didn't have to spend a whole day picking up litter," said Interim City Manager Mark Barber.
The city said since the trash cans have been put in place, they are alread seeing improvements. Staff hope that with the community caring more about their neighborhoods, more revitalization will follow.