More litter=more costs for PTC

Thu, 07/20/2006 - 3:27pm
By: John Munford

Litter is on the rise in Peachtree City, both along the 90-mile cart path system and along city streets, officials said.

More than $65,000 in staff salaries has been spent on litter pickup so far this year, up 35 percent from the same time frame last year; this figure does not include the extensive cleanup along the July 4 parade route.

The city is taking a few extra steps to combat the problem.

One issue is that the largest residential garbage provider, EPI, has gone from picking up trash twice a week to once a week, meaning that trucks often become overloaded, spilling trash onto the street, said city spokesperson Betsy Tyler. Sometimes trash pickup falls behind, and that also exacerbates the problem, officials said.

If the problem isn’t mitigated by the companies, the city may modify its ordinances to increase littering fines, which now max out at $300 for regular littering and as much as $600 for littering on the path system, Tyler said.

“We’re asking these companies to maintain their published schedules, ensure their trucks properly confine the trash, and educate drivers on appropriate cleanup of blown trash and spilled fluids,” Tyler said.

The city is asking residents to help by reporting littering violations and testifying as witnesses in municipal court, Tyler noted. Violators can be reported to the police department at 770-487-8866.

Groups, families and individuals can sign up to adopt cleanup duties for a street, path segment or park, and a number of residents do so unofficially, picking up trash on their regular walks and placing it in the trash cans on the paths, Tyler said. To adopt a local street or path segment, call public works at 770-487-5183; to adopt a park, contact the recreation department at 770-631-2542. Online registration is also available at

Local restaurants such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Subway have actively participated in the Keep PTC Beautiful program, as employees pick up trash on paths near their restaurants. The restaurants also pay for golf cart litter bags to be distributed to the public in an attempt to curb the problem.

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ManofGreatLogic's picture
Submitted by ManofGreatLogic on Sat, 07/22/2006 - 9:32pm.

I'm going out tomorrow to clean up. One man can make a difference.

Grafitti is a form of litter too. It's time to paint over the markings of the local dogs.

That's what littering and grafitti are: Dog markings.

It is perpetrated by dogs and pigs.

Call me angry (yes, about litter and grafitti) and call me arrogant. I don't care, because I'm right about this.

Dogs and pigs don't care about their environment. Humans do.

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Submitted by fancypants on Fri, 07/21/2006 - 7:30am.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who has noticed the rise in trash all over this town. I thought I was just seeing things, but it is disgusting how some areas are starting to look. Seeing fast food wrappers and whole fast food bags thrown out in residential areas is just too much!

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Fri, 07/21/2006 - 8:19am.

I will pick up trash near my neighborhood if I see it. I'm not too proud to do it. I keep a small basket on my golf cart.

I agree that folks need to be reported. Increased fines don't bother me at all, as I don't litter.

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Submitted by Git Real on Fri, 07/21/2006 - 9:16am.

I would love to see some community efforts in cleaning up more. City and county wide clean-up days. It would make a fun social gathering it we could leave all the wacko environmental rhetoric out of it.

I too pick up trash on the roads near my house. Gotta use my John Deere though. We ain't got none of them golf carts where I frum.

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Submitted by PTC Guy on Fri, 07/21/2006 - 10:01am.

Trash has a short life span in my community. The owners don't like to to see it and pick it up.

Keeping it real and to the core of the issue, not the peripherals.

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Submitted by ManofGreatLogic on Sat, 07/22/2006 - 9:28pm.

Like people who don't know to wash their hands after using the restroom and before eating, along with people who use foul language in public, people who litter (including cigarette butts) were raised by ignorant mothers and fathers who didn't teach their children better.

It comes from a lack of education on both the part of the child and his mother.

What mother would ever fail to teach her children not to litter, wash hands, use formal language in public, etc.?

I learned all the above before I was in Kindergarten.

Thank you, Mom and Dad.

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Sun, 07/23/2006 - 8:54am.

Anybody with any sense knows not to litter, or to pick up trash when they see it, what can that hurt?

Submitted by Sailon on Sun, 07/23/2006 - 8:03am.

Right. So how does that get corrected for those current children? If only we could just start over and not make them slaves. Or, send them all to Liberia, right away. Answers don't come from penalizing kids, or criticizing ignorant parents.

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