senatorscavello.com – Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) joined anti-littering advocates and Gov. Tom Wolf recently for a ceremonial signing into law of his bill to reduce littering. Senate Bill 431, now Act 62 of 2018, requires that for a first offense of scattering rubbish, a person is required to pick up litter or illegally dumped trash for between five and 30 hours within six months, in addition to the existing fine of $50 to $300. For a second or subsequent offense, the offender may also be required to pick up litter or illegally dumped trash for 30 to 100 hours over one year, in addition to the existing fine of $300 to $1,000. Representatives of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau were on hand January 30 to see the bill signed into law.
KYW News Radio – Litter is an eyesore and a health hazard, and so commonplace it’s easy to forget that it’s against the law – a tougher law this year. Dropping debris along or near Pennsylvania roadways carries a stiffer penalty in 2019. There are still fines for getting caught trashing roadways ($50 to $300 and up to $1,000 for repeat offenders), but PA Act 62 also requires a convicted litterbug to pick up litter or illegally dumped junk for five to 30 hours within six months. In addition to the increased fines and community service, imprisonment for up to 90 days is an “and/or” possibility too.
Fox 43 – The City of York is dealing with illegal dumping issues. Juanita Valle, who lives on East King Street says someone has been throwing bulk items in her backyard for the last few months and now she’s paying fines for not cleaning it up. Valle says everything from TV’s, bed frames, tires and most recently a mattress have been dumped in the back alley of her home.