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8.32.040 Littering prohibited – Penalties.
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A. No person shall throw, drop, deposit, discard, or otherwise dispose of litter upon any public property in the City or upon private property in the City not owned by him or her or in the waters of this City whether from a vehicle or otherwise, including but not limited to any public highway, public park, beach, campground, forest land, recreational area, trailer park, highway, road, street, or alley except:

1. When such property is designated by the City for the disposal of garbage and refuse, and such person is authorized to use such property for such purpose;

2. Into a litter receptacle in such a manner that the litter will be prevented from being carried away or deposited by the elements upon any part of said private or public property or waters.

B. Except as provided in RCW 70.93.060(4) and 7.80.120(1)(a), any person discarding, throwing or dropping litter from any motor vehicle shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

C. Any person discarding, throwing or dropping litter upon public or private property shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

D. Any person who owns property within the City, or who has control or custody of property within the City, shall keep the premises thereof free from litter. Any person failing this duty shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

E. Any person allowing a litter can, garbage can or a similar receptacle, to overflow or who fails to keep litter or garbage within a closed lidded container shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

F. Any person who deposits, abandons or discards any vehicle or motor vehicle parts, fluids or accessories, upon any public property or upon the private property of another without permission shall be guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

G. Any person found guilty of violating the provisions of this section, in the sound discretion of any court in which conviction is obtained, may be directed by the judge to pick up and remove from any public place or any private property with prior permission of the legal owner upon which it is established by competent evidence that such person has deposited litter, any or all litter deposited thereon by anyone prior to the date of the execution of sentence. In the sound discretion of the court, any person found guilty of violating any of the provisions of this section may be sentenced to perform work in the City work crew in lieu of or in addition to any jail time imposed thereunder. [Ord. 314 § 1, 2003; Ord. 38 § 1, 1996.] (Ord. 314 § 1, 2003; Ord. 38 § 1, 1996.)

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