Litter In Mobile Is An Expensive Business

Litter In Mobile Is An Expensive Business

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Imagine if it was your job to pick up trash by the side of a busy interstate.

"We found money, we've found socks, I've picked up car parts," says Bobbie Rester, who picks up litter along I-10.

But it's necessary to pick up all the trash that's thrown out of cars driving by every single day.

"If they're on a really long roadway, by the time they're done, it already looks like it needs a pickup again," says Director of Public Affairs and Services for Mobile County Nancy Johnson.

And litter is an ongoing problem spread all over Mobile.

Charlene Pettway notices litter all the time at Public Service Memorial Park.

"I think it's deplorable. In the time it takes to throw it out the window, you just wait till you get to the right receptacle and throw it away. Everybody likes someplace clean to come. Nice and comfortable."

"There ain't nobody taking care of it. People keep doing it and doing it and doing it," says Justin Buxton.

Both the city and county spend millions each year trying to curb the issue, but it never seems to be enough. Folks complain that the city isn't doing their part, but officials want to remind citizens that it's also their part to throw trash away before it blows into the roadways and eventually down sewer drains.

The city plans on revamping their litter ordinance, bulking up the fines. Right now a litter ticket and court costs will run you around $430.

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