Fines up to $1,000 will be issued for littering
NEWTON COUNTY, GA - Dumping of trash or solid waste of any kind on the side of a road, street or any public or private property is illegal in Newton County.
Any violation for the county’s littering ordinance, along with disregard for the health, safety and wellbeing of fellow residents will not be tolerated in Newton County.
Trash that is unlawfully disposed of is investigated by Newton County’s Code Enforcement personnel and citations are issued. Newton County personnel will request a fine of up to $1,000 for any littering in violation of Newton County ordinances.
Any trash or furniture deposited on roadways or in vacant lots will not be tolerated. A large amount of refuse was placed near the recently closed McGiboney Road Trash Collection Convenience Center, and is currently secured at the landfill where evidence for future fines is being collected. The same evidence collection will occur for any other dumping that takes place in Newton County against the county’s littering ordinance.
Newton County Code Enforcement issues an average of 30 citations a month for illegal dumping.
According to section 12-008 of Newton County’s Litter Control and Solid Waste Management Ordinance, it shall be unlawful for any person to dump, deposit, place, throw or leave any trash or solid wastes on any road or street or on any public or private property in Newton County.
Penalties allowable under O.C.G.A 36-1-21 and 16-7-43(b)&(c) can be any one or more of the following:
- A fine of not more than $1,000;
- Imprisonment for a period of not more than 60 days;
- Direction by the court to pick up and remove from any public street or highway or public right-of-way for a distance not to exceed one mile, any litter he has deposited and any and all litter deposited by anyone else prior to the date of execution of sentence;
- Direction by the court to pick up and remove from any public park, private right-of-way or with the prior permission of the legal owner or tenant in lawful possession of such property, any private property upon which it can be established by competent evidence that he has deposited litter, any and all litter deposited by anyone else prior to the date of execution of sentence;
- Names of the persons convicted of violating the ordinance may be published by the court.
Newton County has five Trash Collection Convenience Centers and one Recycling Center located throughout the county, which are available to all Newton County residents at a cost of $145 a year. Vehicle Hang Tags for these centers can be purchased at ncboc.com or at the Newton County Historic Courthouse, 1124 Clark Street, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The five Convenience Centers are located at 2010 Adams Circle, 70 Stone Road, 14645 Highway 36, 10545 Highway 36 and 112 Oak Hill Road. The Recycling Center is located at 11575 Covington Bypass Road. All centers are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
There are also several curbside municipal waste haulers available to Newton County residents including Burges Hauling, which can be reached at 770-787-3182; Countywide, 770-775-0505; Curbside, 770-385-1000; Peach State Disposal, 770-267-1068 and Republic Services, 678-221-4087.