Peachtree Corners considering litter control ordinance

In order to maintain compliance with the rules and regulations of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, Peachtree Corners recently held the first read of a litter control ordinance to be added to the city code chapter concerning the environment. A second read and public hearing will be held during the next city council meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at City Hall, 310 Technology Parkway. 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 for any person or persons to dump, deposit, throw or leave or to cause or permit the dumping, depositing, placing, throwing or leaving of 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 reasonable 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.