Illinois Village Enforces Ban On Litterbugs, Leaves Discretion Up To Police, Fines As High As $750 Each Time

Oakwood Township — Here’s a warning for all the litterbugs in this part of the state. One Illinois Village has decided to enforce a ban on litterbugs leaving the discretion fully up to the police officer and, the fine could be as high as $750 each time.

WCIA reports that the Oakwood Township village board is going to start enforcing an ordinance to fine businesses or people who litter. The report states the fine is up to the discretion of police who are now going to be looking for it even more. You could get a warning, but if you really want to risk it, you could be fined from $100 – $750 each time.

The board says businesses are mostly to blame.

“We’ve encouraged businesses to make sure their receptacles are closed. If they’re full, they need to schedule an extra pick up.”

Because it eventually does get picked up, by the wind.

“The way the winds blow around here, all the time, you never know what’s going to be in your yard.”

Raymond Myers collects trash from his yard two-to-three times per week.

“Most of them is wrappers that have McDonald’s on them. Even some of their cups.”

You can read the full story here.

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