Dropping litter could cost you £150

Monday, 4th January 2016

PEOPLE who drop litter could now face fines of up to £150 for dropping rubbish with new guidelines issued to Councils.

Current fines are set by councils but are between £50 and £80, however the Department for Communities and Local Government have announced plans to double this.

This will make the base fine £100, however if people caught dropping litter do not pay the fine in a designated time period it could even increase to £150.

This fine would then increase further if it is not paid and the litter bugs are taken to court.  Last year Tamworth Informed told the news of a Tamworth man who had to pay £385 for dropping a cigarette end.

The new fines are designed to hit ‘litter louts’ in the pocket, according to Communities minister Marcus Jones.

He said: “Dropping litter is the kind of anti-social behaviour that really gets people’s backs up, and rightly so.

“It’s thoughtless, selfish and ruins shared spaces for everyone. Not only that, litter clearance and disposal costs hundreds of millions of pounds for councils every year – money that could be going on vital services.

“If litter louts can’t put their rubbish in the bin perhaps we can hit them in the pocket instead.”

Adrian Evans, the chief executive of the grassroots Clean for the Queen campaign which has been supported by Mr Jones, also warned that littering has become so commonplace in Britain that some people think it is their “human right” to drop rubbish.

The Government’s new 5p charge for plastic bags, which came into force last October, has already resulted in a large fall in people taking home new carrier bags from high street retailers.

A national spring clean has already been announced for March to encourage up to one million people to clean up their communities on March 4-6, ahead of the Queen’s birthday on April 21 and her official Birthday in June.

Keep Britain Tidy estimates that more than 30million tons of litter are collected from streets in England every year, enough to fill four Wembley stadiums.

The charity also found that, while 62 per cent of people dropped litter, just 28 per cent admitted to have done so.

Almost six in 10 people said they considered litter to be a problem. Local authorities spend an estimated £1billion a year clearing up the mess.