Tuscaloosa County approves litter ordinance

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - The Tuscaloosa County Commission has passed an ordinance giving itself limited home rule over litter.

The new ordinance allows the commission to fine people living in unincorporated parts of Tuscaloosa County who have litter. Commissioners say an accumulation of junk creates a public nuisance.

The debate over the ordinance was heated Wednesday.

"I don't need any more bull to listen to," said Tuscaloosa County Commissioner Gary Youngblood. "I've got plenty of garbage and trash and stuff that I've held onto. I know that I have to do better but, I can tell you this, if you live in Holt and Cottondale and somebody's got a junkyard in their front yard, that's a problem."

Commissioner Don Wallace said the ordinance goes into effect immediately. Residents can be fines $150 per day, up to a total of $5,000.

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