Garbage Man Jailed for 30 Days for Picking Up Trash

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A sanitation worker in an Atlanta suburb has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for picking up trash.

Kevin McGill had been working for only a few months for a company contracted to do sanitation work in Sandy Springs when he was cited for picking up trash just after 5 a.m. one morning.

That violated a city ordinance which limits trash pickup to between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The statute is in place because residents have complained that early pick-up disrupts their sleep.

When McGill showed up to court to answer the citation, Sandy Springs prosecutor Bill Riley sought the maximum punishment against him — 30 days in jail.

A judge granted Riley the request. “Fines don’t seem to work,” Riley told WSB. “The only thing that seems to stop the activity is actually going to jail.”

Riley, who jailed another sanitation worker for the same infraction last year, said that residents swamp 911 with calls when trash pick-up occurs too early in the morning.

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