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Harrisburg Residents Asking Commission For Help With Littering Enforcement

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Some Harrisburg residents are saying the county needs to do a better job at enforcing littering laws. In an effort to clean up the city, the Harrisburg West End Neighborhood Association is asking Augusta commissioners for help.

The Marshal's Office enforces the state's littering and dumping laws, but some Harrisburg residents say that just isn't good enough. They say the Sheriff's Office should also be writing tickets to keep Augusta beautiful.

It doesn't matter which part of town you're in, you can find litter just about anywhere.

"Most people are just lazy and they don't realize what they're doing. If each one of us threw out one piece of trash every single day or every single time we went down the road, we would be knee deep in it," Phillip Williams says.

And that's why Williams is trying to put a stop to littering and illegal dumping in Augusta.

"If we could encourage people not to throw that hamburger bag out the window, not to throw that soft drink cup out the window, that, over the long run, the quality of life could be greatly improved," Williams says.

Williams says the solution is to have more enforcement of littering laws. Currently, the Marshal's Office enforces those laws, but Chief Deputy Teresa Russell says it's difficult to write tickets for littering.

"With the littering and the way that the definition is, you actually have to witness somebody doing the littering," Russell says.

Russell says last year, deputies wrote more than a thousand tickets for littering and dumping.

"People shouldn't throw stuff on the ground. That is a behavior and it's something we need to try to correct. We try to educate people," Russell says.

But Williams says the Marshal's Office needs help, and he thinks Sheriff Richard Roundtree is the man to do it. Williams says if Roundtree can help lower crime, he could help the littering problem as well.

"If you begin to enforce the law where you see the infractions, then people become aware of it and are much less apt to violate the ordinances," Williams says.

Harrisburg residents will speak with Augusta Commissioners on Tuesday about littering enforcement.

In the state of Georgia, you could be fined $1,000 for littering.

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