Solomon, Philadelphia Police Dept. join forces to support new litter law

PHILADELPHIA, July 25 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., and the 2nd District of the Philadelphia Police Department today announced a partnership to enforce a new law to combat litter in northeast Philadelphia.     

“With the passage of Act 62 in Harrisburg, we have another tool to tackle the pervasive problem of litter in northeast Philadelphia,” Solomon said. “But laws without enforcement are not effective. That is why I am glad that we have a police captain willing to use all the tools at his disposal to make our streets and neighborhoods clean.”

Act 62 of 2018, which Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law in June, will make those who dump rubbish responsible for picking it up. The new law sets fines for a first offense at $50 to $300. Offenders will also be required to pick up litter or illegally dumped trash for five to 30 hours within six months.

Repeat offenders will pay a $300 to $1,000 fine and will be required to pick up for up to 100 hours over a year. Businesses will pay triple fines.

Interim 2nd Police District Capt. Robert Zaffino said: “I am committed to working in partnership with Rep. Solomon to address littering, by having officers issue citations when they see violations. I want to keep our streets clean, safe, and free from unsightly trash, debris, and rubbish. To all members of the Northeast Philadelphia community: use proper receptacles to dispose of your trash, take pride in your neighborhoods, and keep your streets clean and beautified.”

Act 62 was championed by Sen. Mario Scavello, R-Monroe/Northampton.