PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - If you don't pick up your trash, the law could come down harder on you.
Litter laws in the state of Alabama are getting stricter next month and the Russell County Commissioners gave the "go ahead" to enforcement officers to practice the new guidelines.
More individuals will be appointed to enforce the law and just one piece of trash can mean tickets and fines for law breakers.
Russell County Enforcement Officer, Bill Friend, told News Leader Nine, "The trash out there, most of the time, maybe 90 percent, by people putting out their garbage early in bags instead of the rights containers. Dogs and animals get out there and tear it up. Then it's all over the road and they want somebody to clean it up. That's not what it's all about. If people will police themselves, there shouldn't be a problem."
The new laws go into effect June first.