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New signs on Philadelphia Road between Highway 515 and Talking Rock Highway warn motorists that the area, one of the most frequently littered in the county, is under surveillance.  Pickens County Marshal Jim Harvey wants to remind residents that littering can carry a hefty fine, and that “I don’t issue warnings, I issue citations.”   The sign cautions of the maximum penalty for littering – a $5,000 fine or five years’ jail time or both. Citations can be issued for littering or illegal dumping. Harvey will even go so far as to look through trash in larger dump sites to find identifying pieces of information and track down litterers.

Keep Pickens Beautiful President Carol Opdenhoff  has said that portion of Philadelphia Road is one of the worst in the county for litter, with the suspicious that people pick up food at one of the nearby fast food restaurants and dump it there because there are no houses on that stretch – just cows.

Harvey said the county has surveillance cameras they rotate to keep certain trouble spots under watch.



Keep Pickens Beautiful is a Pickens County, GA nonprofit, volunteer organization affiliated with Keep America Beautiful.  Our focus is to sustain litter reduction and voluntary recycling PLUS projects that enhance the beauty of our environment and improve solid waste management.

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KPB, formerly Citizens for a Clean Community, was founded in 1989, comprised of a group of concerned citizens striving to develop a clean and beautiful environment for Pickens County.  A part of the Keep America Beautiful Program, KPB seeks to improve quality of life by eliminating litter through increased public awareness.  A key part of the waste “reduction” is “conservation” – using natural resources wisely and using less than usual in order to avoid waste.

TrasherAt KPB we want you to know about us, to join us, and to do your part.  Every one has a role! We can all learn to REDUCE, REUSE, AND RECYCLE.  Georgia’s Litter It Costs You program has adopted the Georgia Brown Thrasher as a mascot.  “TRASHER” is here to remind you to put litter in its place, and to encourage you to get involved.

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