New anti-litter team to fine fly-tippers and people dropping rubbish
Brighton & Hove City Council have a new anti-litter team, replacing the controversial company 3GS, whose contract with the council ended recently.
Starting from Monday, the team will be out in the streets educating locals and visitors on how to dispose of their litter correctly and thus avoid fines.
The anti-litter team has already visited more than 1,000 large and small businesses to inform them of their legal responsibilities with regards to waste disposal.
The officers will also be visiting colleges, universities and language schools to make sure they regularly remind their students to keep the streets litter-free.
The team will not give out any fines for the first two weeks. Instead, the officers will be issuing helpful warnings, prioritising education over fines.
At the end of the educational period, everyone caught throwing cigarette ends and littering the streets will be fined £75.
Fly-tipping will also be tackled, with a £300 fine issues to those leaving unwanted items in the streets and by communal bins. This includes everything from books to furniture, items that locals commonly leave on the streets for other residents to collect.
Cllr Gill Mitchell, chair of the council’s environment, transport and sustainability committee, said:
As this is a new beginning for the council and the service, we’re taking the opportunity to educate people on their responsibility for keeping our beautiful city clean and tidy.
There is still a large number of people who think throwing a cigarette butt on the ground or down a drain isn’t littering. But the first litter our streets and the second can add to clogging up our drainage system.
There are also lots of people who think leaving items they don’t want any more on the street, like furniture, mirrors or mattresses, is fine. But this is fly-tipping and a £300 fine will be issued.
The officers will be wearing a light blue jacket and black trousers as opposed to the black uniform of the 3GS team, that people found intimidating.
They will also be wearing body cameras for safety and for potential disputes.