Littering Issues

Summary Eyesore
a) It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to dump, deposit, throw, leave, discard, place, discharge, dispose, drop or to cause or permit the above, of litter on any public or private property in the unincorporated area of Glynn County
  • Code: 2-16-240
  • Fine: From $200 to $ 1000

2-16-240 Littering
  • (a) It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to dump, deposit, throw, leave, discard, place, discharge, dispose, drop or to cause or permit the dumping, depositing, placing, throwing, leaving, discarding, placing, discharging, disposing, or dropping of litter on any public or private property in the unincorporated area of Glynn County or any waters in the unincorporated area of Glynn County, unless:
    • (1) The property is designated by Glynn County or an agency of the State of Georgia for the disposal of litter and the person is authorized by the proper public authority to use such property;
    • (2) The litter is placed into a litter receptacle or container installed on the property and the person is authorized or permitted to place litter in such litter receptacle or container; or
    • (3) The person is the owner or tenant in lawful possession of such property or has first obtained consent of the owner or tenant in lawful possession or unless the act is done under the personal direction of the owner or tenant, all in a manner consistent with the public welfare.
  • (b) Any person who violates subsection (a) of this Section 2-16-240 shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as follows:
    • (1) By a fine of not less than $200.00 nor more than $500 for the first offense, by imprisonment for up to sixty (60) days for the second offense, and by both a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $1,000 and imprisonment for up to sixty (60) days for the third offense and each offense thereafter; and
    • (2) (A) In the sound discretion of the Judge of the Magistrate Court, the person may be directed to pick up and remove from any public property or private right of way, for a distance not to exceed one (1) mile, any litter the person has deposited and any and all litter deposited thereon by anyone else prior to the date of execution of sentence; or
    • (2) (B) In the sound discretion of the Judge of the Magistrate Court, the person may be directed to pick up and remove from any private property upon which it can be established by competent evidence that the person has deposited litter, any and all litter deposited thereon prior to the date of execution of sentence so long as the legal owner or tenant in lawful possession of such private property has given prior permission; or
    • (2) (C) If in the sound discretion of the Judge of the Magistrate Court, removal of the litter by the person would be unsafe, impractical, not feasible, or impossible, the person may be directed to reimburse Glynn County for the cost of removal and/or cleanup of the litter that the person deposited on public property.
    • (3) (a) The Judge of the Magistrate Court may publish the names of persons convicted of violating subsection (a) of this Section 2-16-240.
    • (3) (c) Whenever litter is thrown, deposited, dropped, discarded, discharged, disposed, or dumped from any motor vehicle, boat, airplane, or other conveyance in violation of this Section 2-16-240, it shall be prima-facie evidence that the operator of the conveyance has violated subsection (a) of this Section 2-16-240.
    • (3) (d) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this Section 2-16-240, whenever any litter which is dumped, deposited, thrown, left, discarded, placed, discharged, disposed, or dropped on public or private property in violation of this Section 2-16-240 is discovered to contain any article or articles, including but not limited to letters, bills, publications, or other writings which display the name of a person thereon in such a manner as to indicate that the article belongs or belonged to such person, it shall be a rebuttable presumption that such person has violated subsection (a) of this Section 2-16-240. (#O-2003-19)