The Tennessee Trash Bill is Aimed at Cleaning-up Rural Rutherford County

Apr 12, 2022 at 04:09 pm by WGNS

The problem of illegal dumping throughout Rutherford County has pushed County Mayor Bill Ketron to ask state lawmakers to change littering laws.

Current fines for littering, despite the size of item you’re caught throwing out, remains a low $50. Ketron wants to see that fine increased significantly, but increasing the fine has to be done at the state level.


In the past, the county has gone as far as installing motion activated cameras, often referred to as “Trail Cam’s,” in rural areas to catch litterbugs littering…

If littering fines remain a low $50, then continued efforts to reduce the problem of littering may prove to be fruitless - that is why Ketron has called on lawmakers to change the penalties for illegal dumping.  

What has been dubbed the “Tennessee Trash Bill,” will perhaps make litterers think twice.

House Bill 2424 passed late last week and once signed into law, those who illegally discard old mattresses and refrigerators on the side of the road- could be hit with a Class B Misdemeanor, as explained by State Representative Mike Sparks of Smyrna…

Again, the Tennessee Trash Bill passed on Thursday (April 7, 2022). 

More on the Tennessee Trash Bill - Continued...

The bill, which was proposed by Representative Mike Sparks (R) of Smyrna, TN, will equal stiffer penalties for those who are caught illegally dumping trash in not only Rutherford County, but throughout the Volunteer State.

Summary of the new bill: Litter Control - As introduced, increases the penalty for mitigated criminal littering from a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a $50 fine to a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a $500 fine. - Amends TCA Title 39.



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