The Green Team has a simple message for every Mahoning County resident: please don't litter. Litter's negative impact on the environment we all share is obvious. But you should also be aware of the impact littering can have on you personally.
The phrase "There's no excuse for littering" is doubly true, because under Ohio law it doesn't matter if it's the first time you've ever littered in your life, or even if your littering was unintentional or accidental. If you're caught, you'll be charged... and if you're convicted, you'll face a fine and possibly jail time as well.
And remember that littering doesn't just mean throwing trash out of a car window. If a strong wind tips over your trash can at the curb and spills its contents, that's considered littering. Businesses have a responsibility to ensure that materials don't blow off their property from a loading dock or a dumpster. Both businesses and individuals must secure items they're transporting by truck or other vehicle, so that they don't escape containment and blow away.
For Mahoning County community clean-up activities, phone Mary Gresh at 330-740-2060, and for the City of Youngstown, phone Jennifer Jones at 330-744-7526.
A sample of Ohio Revised Code penalties for littering:
- Up to $500 fine and 60 days in jail for leaving trash on public or private lands or waterways.
- Up to $1,000 fine and six months in jail for littering or polluting state land, or any watercourse that is
part of a larger surface or groundwater system.
- Up to $100 fine or littering from a motor vehicle.
- Up to $250 fine and 30 days in jail for repeated violations of the tarp law, which requires motorists to
ensure items transported in a motor vehicle remain on board.
- From $10,000 to $25,000 fine and up to four years' incarceration for illegal dumping or burning of trash.