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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

You can be fined or even jailed for littering. Saturday, Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard talked about a plan to help keep the City of Albany clean.

The mayor and code enforcement officers say littering will not be tolerated anymore. During a call to service meeting, citizens got a chance to voice their concerns and wanted to know what they can do to help keep their city beautiful.

If you're caught littering in Albany and Dougherty County there will be some stiff penalties to face.

"Jail time if they don't do what they are suppose to do and they're going to be on the streets picking up paper if they litter," said Judge Willie Weaver.

You'll be required to appear in court to pay your fines. Fines start at $500, $750 for the second and $1,000 to $1,500 for the third.

Code and law enforcers want you to be mindful of where you dispose your trash.

"Littering consist of throwing paper, bottles, bricks, sand. Anything you can throw from a car, drop off in bags, its littering. Things flying off the back of the trucks and motorcycles. Out the window of a car, it's littering. Whether you know its happening or not, it's littering," said Judge Willie Weaver.

Mayor Hubbard says she wants citizens to have community pride.

Robert Barnes says parts of South Albany are plagued by litter and feels a lot of it comes from area businesses. He's hoping code enforcement will help fix the problem.

"By them not cleaning their property and were cleaning empty lots across the street, as soon as we get some wind, its blowing their trash out the business yard over the streets on empty lots," said Robert Barnes.

Barnes says he picks up trash in his neighborhood daily and plans to continue in hopes his neighborhood will stay cleaner.

"Seems as though no one cares. So it's not that no one care because I care. So I don't have machinery. I just get a bush ax, sling blade and whatever else I need," said Robert Barnes.

Mayor Dorothy Hubbard says this war on litter will be defeated and hopefully these new measures will solve the problem.

Code enforcement and law official say you can call 311 or use their app to report littering anywhere you live.

The Mayor also stressed the names and pictures of offenders will be distributed to various media outlets.

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