Peachtree Corners approves changes to litter control ordinance

Following a second read and public hearing in Dec., the Peachtree Corners City Council approved changes to the litter control ordinance in order to maintain compliance with the rules and regulations of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District. The purpose of the ordinance is to protect public health, safety, environment and general welfare of the community by taking steps to prevent litter from finding its way into streams, rivers and lakes.

The ordinance, modeled on the “Georgia Litter Control Law,” states that it is unlawful to dump, deposit, throw or leave litter on any public or private property in Peachtree Corners or any waters in the city. Exceptions apply for property and receptacles designated to accept litter.

A person found in violation of the new ordinance may be fined between $200 and $1,200 and be required to reimburse the city for the cost of removing the litter. The court may also require the individual to pick up and remove the litter and may publish the names of persons convicted of violating the ordinance.