Get involved in litter prevention in your community!
Litter is a problem faced by all Georgia communities, large and small, rural and urban. Many people don't realize how bad litter is in their community until it is brought to their attention. But litter costs you in many ways.
- It costs you money. Georgia communities spend millions of dollars every year to clean up litter. The Georgia Department of Transportation alone spends more than $14 million a year just on state roads. Spending money to clean up litter means it isn't available for other important programs such as schools, libraries, and parks.
- It costs you health. Litter attracts insects, rodents and other pests that can bring diseases to your community and make people sick.
- It costs you beauty. Litter destroys your community's natural beauty and deprives you of nice places to live, work and play.
- It costs you safety. Litter can be dangerous. Each year people are hurt or even killed when items fall out of vehicles causing accidents.
Tackling litter involves more than just cleaning it up.
It also means educating people about the costs of litter as well
as adopting litter ordinances and enforcing litter laws.
The Clean Community Challenge is designed to
encourage local governments to take an active role in developing
litter education, enforcement and eradication/clean-up
Take the Clean Community Challenge to combat litter in your community. To sign up:
1. Check to see if your local government is already registered.
2. Click the Register Now link below to add you contact information to the online database.
3. Download the letter of intent and program criteria for your local government's chief elected official (mayor or county commission chair). They must designate an official contact person and return the letter to the Department of Community Affairs.
4. Questions? Contact Randy Hartmann at 404-679-4816 or firstname.lastname@example.org.