Fines begin for Brighton litterbugs
Starting today, Brighton’s anti-litter team will be fining people up to £300 for dumping rubbish on the street.
© Brighton and Hove City Council
The new anti-litter team, which replaced the controversial company 3GS, have spent the last two weeks out on the streets, educating the public on how to avoid being fined for dumping litter.
The team have been speaking to around 1,500 businesses, big and small, to ‘advise and remind them of their legal responsibilities on getting rid of their waste’ and have been approaching members of the public.
But now they are getting serious. Starting today, officers from the team will be issuing fines, which are known as Fixed Penalty Notices. People will have to pay £75 for littering and £300 for fly-tipping. Unwanted items, such as books, furniture and clothes that are often left on the streets for residents to collect, will all be included in the fining process.
Brighton & Hove City Council
Now it’s time to get serious with people who are causing a blight on our city by dropping their cigarette butts or litter, or leaving unwanted items on the street, open land or beside a bin – even in the hope someone takes it away.
Action will also be taken against smokers, who drop cigarette buts on the floor.
The people of Brighton feel that the litter problem is a serious issue, with residents getting increasingly frustrated about the state of the city. But is the issue the responsibility of the community or the council?
The opinion seems to be split, some residents are taking control over the litter problems themselves, through initiatives such as The Great British Spring Clean and the A27 Clean Up Campaign. Others blame the council and demand more action.
For the councils list of offences click here.