Keep Albany - Dougherty Beautiful enforcing laws after three illegal dump incidents


    After three calls about illegal dump sites in the city of Albany this week, Keep Albany - Dougherty Beautiful is working to educate the community.<p>{/p}<p>Photo: Kailey McCarthy{/p}

    After three calls about illegal dump sites in the city of Albany this week, Keep Albany - Dougherty Beautiful is working to educate the community.

    Executive Director Judy Bowles says if you choose to illegally dump materials, you may be fined up to $1,000 or even spend time in jail if you're a repeat offender.

    Each time an illegal dumping occurs, Code Enforcement, Public Works and the Keep Albany - Dougherty Beautiful office is called and at least one public works crew is pulled from their job to clean up the dumping.

    Bowles adds that it's not only an inconvenience, but also very costly for crews to clean up these sites.

    According to Bowles, it's up to the community to say something if they do see these illegal dump sites and end the behavior once and for all.

    "We need our citizens to be the eyes and ears and tell us what they're seeing," said Bowles. "We need our citizens to realize that how we look as a community is a reflection on every one of us that live here."

    If you're a landlord, the ordinance states that you need a roll out container or dumpster to containerize any debris materials so that it's easy for public works to pick up.

    If you have a Dougherty County tag, you can take up to 250 pounds of material to the landfill a day for no charge.

    If you see an illegal dumping take place, or if you have any questions about local ordinances and laws, you can call the Albany 311 phone number.

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