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.