Anyone that drops litter in a public place is committing a crime and they can be fined under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act. The fine is between £50 – £80, and if not paid a magistrates’ court can impose a fine of up to £2,500.
Local authorities have the powers to impose on the spot fines to those caught littering.
Key facts and figures
- Local authorities spent £858 million on street cleansing in 2008-09
- 2.25 million pieces of litter are dropped in the UK every day (Symphony Environmental Study 2005)
- Members of the public, who are satisfied with how their area looks, are significantly more likely to be satisfied with how safe they feel in their area (The Word on our Street 2009)
- Between April 2006 and March 2007 over 44,000 fixed penalty notices were issued to people caught littering.
Source: Keep Britain Tidy
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