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Illegal Dumping May Cost More in College Park

A “No dumping sign” in College Park

At this week’s Council meeting, the City Council will vote on a proposal to increase the fine for the initial and each subsequent violation of illegal dumping to $1,000.

The Council will hold a public hearing on the ordinance 19-O-07 enabling the proposed change, earlier on the meeting night.

Currently, the fines for the initial violation is $50, the subsequent violation in 6 months is $100. State law allows the City to increase its fines to a maximum $1,000 per violation.

State law allows the City to increase its fines to a maximum $1,000 per violation. In order to create a greater disincentive to littering, staff recommends that the Council considers increasing the fine for the initial and each subsequent violation to the maximum allowed of $1,000 per occurrence.

Once and if fine amounts are increased, staff anticipates posting signage such as “No Dumping, Maximum
Penalty $1,000 Fine” and “Warning, This Property is Under Video Surveillance. No Dumping. Violators Will
Be Prosecuted” in areas prone to illegal dumping along with necessary surveillance equipment.

[First published on March 11, 2019. Updated: March 24, 2019]

 

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