The City of LaGrange held its monthly litter pick-up event on Saturday, November 3rd and uncovered an illegal dumping site. Dozens of city employees, youth council members, and volunteers found at least seventy tires, furniture, and car parts, among other items in a ravine along E. Bacon Street, just behind Shadowlawn cemetery.
According to city ordinance, if you are caught dumping illegally you could receive up to a $1,000 fine plus add ons and/or up to 6 months in jail.
“Littering and illegal dumping pose significant threats to the environment and to the health and safety of our community,“ said City Manager Meg Kelsey.
“We want our citizens to take pride in our beautiful community.”
LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton, Troup County Commission Chairman Patrick Crews, West Point Mayor Steve Tramell, Hogansville Mayor Bill Stankiewicz, along with Troup County’s Keep Troup Beautiful representatives began working together in January to help clean up the litter in the community.
Kelsey wanted to send a message to the community that the City of LaGrange is serious about cleaning up litter and rolled out the city’s campaign, “Leaving LaGrange Better Than We Found It” April 20th. On this day, the city closed non-essential business from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and nearly four hundred employees picked up trash throughout the community.
The next litter clean-up event for the City of La-Grange will be Saturday, December 1st.
If you would like to have a litter clean up in your neighborhood contact Scott Landa with Keep Troup Beautiful at (706) 884-9922 or go to www.keeptroupbeautiful.c om.