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Businessman is ready to crack down on litter

August 30, 2006

Dougherty County -- The governor says it's time to clean up Georgia. Sonny Perdue has announced a campaign to fight litter, which costs taxpayers millions of dollars a year.    

Curt Poole says he picks up trash in front of his business on U.S. 19 in South Dougherty County everyday.  "All the time. It's a daily chore to pick up the litter along the highway to make your place look good."

Litter is a real eyesore on most Georgia roads, with trash of every kind dotting the countryside. The Georgia Department of Transportation spends more than $14 million each year on 200 work crews and 70 more prison crews cleaning the roadways.

Georgia D.O.T. Communications Officer Craig Solomon said even with all that money spent, Georgia's roadways are still covered with trash. "It's unbelievable how many bags of trash they pick up in just a little bit of time we do that."

Now Governor Perdue is prodding law enforcement and local governments to crack down on litter, and more strictly enforce laws. There will also be a advertising campaign asking you to help clean up Georgia. "We ask people that they put their litter in a trash can, or put it in a plastic bag in their car, and when they get to a rest area throw it in one of our trash cans."

Perdue says cleaning up Georgia should be a matter of pride. "This is where we live. We want people who come through to spend money in our state, and we don't want to them to turn and go in the opposite direction because it looks trashy."

Curt Poole said he is behind the litter program, because he can't stand people who throw trash on his property. Poole said "It makes me mad. I don't like it. If I could tell who was doing it, I would turn them in."

Governor Perdue says he is mad about litter too, and wants to clean up the entire state. A first offense for littering usually results in a fine of $71.50. There is a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a one thousand dollar fine for littering.


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