Increased fine for littering introduced

January 21, 2021

A bill that substantially increases fines for dumping or littering was introduced in the House, where it was sent to the House Courts of Justice Committee for review.

HB 1801 (Edmunds) doubles the current fines for dumping or disposing of litter, trash, refuse or other specified items on public property or on private property without permission, raising the minimum fine from $250 to $500 and the maximum fine from $2,500 to $5,000.  The bill further increases the mandatory minimum period of community service from 10 hours to 40 hours.

HB 1801 was initially referred to the House Transportation Committee, where the Transportation Innovations and General Topics Subcommittee heard the bill and recommended it be reported and rereferred to the House Courts of Justice Committee.

VACo Contact: Chris McDonald, Esq.

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