Pa. Senate votes to hike littering fines


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The state Senate has voted to increase fines for littering.

Senate Bill 973 levies fines based on the weight of the trash dumped and boosts the penalty up to $2,000 for multiple offenses.

Currently, fines for littering run from $50 to $300 for a first-time offense and from $300 to $1,000 for subsequent offenses.

Senator Mario Scavello (R-Monroe/Northampton) said his proposal would set a $100 fine for first-time offenders who litter five pounds or less from a vehicle and a $500 fine for additional citations.

Dumping between five and 100 pounds of trash from a car or truck would result in a $500 fine for first-time violators and $1,000 for repeat offenders. Those who litter more than 100 pounds along a roadway would face a $1,000 fine the first time, and $2,000 after that.

Littering in an agricultural security area would result in a higher fine.

Scavello said the current fine system is not a proper deterrent. He said dumped trash is not just aesthetically unpleasant, it’s bad for the environment.

His measure now goes to the state House for consideration.Get breaking news, weather and traffic on the go. Download the ABC 27 News App and the ABC 27 Weather App for your phone or tablet.

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