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City council approves crackdown on litter in New Albany

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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- New Albany has been constantly changing for the better part of a decade.

Progress takes a lot of work, and city leaders said they don't want to see that ruined by careless people. Like most cities, littering is an age-old problem in New Albany.

"Going down to State Street, there's always a ton of litter there," said southern Indiana resident Shelley Watts.

"Mostly people throwing things out of their car windows, going down the street, throwing out cups, stuff like that," added Robin Hubbard of New Albany.

A new ordinance against it was approved Monday night. City council members who voted yes hope to curb the problem with steep fines.

Fines will range from $100 to $4,000, depending on what's dumped. 

"If I throw a coffee cup out here, it's not as egregious as me throwing a mattress in the middle of the street," councilman Al Knable said.

Police will have the task of ticketing. It won't be an easy job. 

"I think enforcement of this is really really difficult," Knable said.

But he said the city is also prepared to do a little leg work, with the help of neighbors and technology, to catch offenders in the act.

"Identify the trouble spots and get some cameras up," Knable said.

It worked for Louisville. Just last week, cameras helped Louisville Public Works employees catch people illegally dumping huge tree logs near Garland and South 31st Streets.

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