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How many people have been cited for littering in and around Wilmington?

Jim Ware
StarNews

There are no ifs, ands or butts about it: Littering is against the law.

The North Carolina anti-litter law, General Statute § 14-399 (2001-2002), includes fines and community service time for intentional and unintentional littering.

The Wilmington Police Department issued 263 citations for littering from 2005 to 2009. An additional four citations have been issued so far in 2010.

Here’s a look at the citations, by year:

2005: 68.

2006: 58.

2007: 44.

2008: 58.

2009: 35.

2010: 4.

New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office issued 63 citations for littering from 2004 to 2008. Numbers for 2009 and 2010 were not available.

Here are the citation numbers, by year:

2004: 13

2005: 8

2006: 26

2007: 12

2008: 4

Here’s what the law says:

§ 14-399. Littering. (a1) No person, including any firm, organization, private corporation, or governing body, agents, or employees of any municipal corporation shall scatter, spill, or place or cause to be blown, scattered, spilled, or placed or otherwise dispose of any litter upon any public property or private property not owned by the person within this State or in the waters of this State including any public highway, public park, lake, river, ocean, beach, campground, forestland, recreational area, trailer park, highway, road, street, or alley…

(c1) Any person who violates subsection (a1) of this section in an amount not exceeding 15 pounds is guilty of an infraction punishable by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars ($100.00). In addition, the court may require the violator to perform community service of not less than four hours nor more than 12 hours. The community service required shall be to pick up litter if feasible, and if not feasible, to perform other labor commensurate with the offense committed. Any second or subsequent violation of subsection (a1) of this section in an amount not exceeding 15 pounds within three years after the date of a prior violation is an infraction punishable by a fine of not more than two hundred dollars ($200.00). In addition, the court may require the violator to perform community service of not less than eight hours nor more than 24 hours. The community service required shall be to pick up litter if feasible, and if not feasible, to perform other labor commensurate with the offense committed. For purposes of this subsection, the term “litter” shall not include nontoxic and biodegradable agricultural or garden products or supplies, including mulch, tree bark, and wood chips….

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One Response to “ How many people have been cited for littering in and around Wilmington?”

  1. On May 13, 2017 at 11:13 am Byron J. Ward wrote:

    The anti-littering laws in North Carolina are very poorly enforced. A large amount of litter with identifying names and addresses was dumped along the road. It was called to the attention of the sheriffs department and all that happened was that a DOT crew was dispatched, at my expense as a taxpayer, to clean the mess up. Why didn’t the law enforcement officer confront the perpetrator, make him clean it up and fine him? Our roads are littered with cans, bottles and food wrappers among other things. Anti-littering just does not seem to be a priority in the state of NC.



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