We’re not messing – £150 penalties for litter louts as new environmental crime crackdown launched

Bins, Waste and Recycling
12:22, Wednesday, 25th November 2020

Litter louts and dog foulers in Scunthorpe are being urged to show ‘a litter respect’ as a council-led crackdown on environmental crime is launched.

Patrols are now in operation across the county and anyone caught dropping, throwing or depositing litter and leaving it on the ground will find themselves hit with a fixed penalty notice.

The scheme is designed to stamp out littering and dog fouling.

Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“We are taking an even tougher stance on environmental crime. We have a zero-tolerance policy to those people who drop waste on the ground for someone else to collect.

“Residents have voiced their increasing concerns about litter and this new campaign is a real statement of intent; dropping litter and failing to clean up after your dog is unacceptable and won’t be tolerated across our communities.

“Littering is a blight and dog fouling is a health hazard which can cause serious infections, particularly in young people, bringing a host of unpleasant side effects. It is antisocial behaviour and there is no room for rubbish excuses.”

The council currently spends almost £1m of taxpayers’ cash every year cleaning up after other people. This keeps the streets across the county clean and tidy to ensure people are kept safe and well.

There are around 3,000 bins across North Lincolnshire. The council is responsible for around 1,500 as well as 540 dog waste bins while hundreds of others are available in towns and parishes across the area.

They are located across the area in towns and villages, in rural areas in and around popular walking and cycling routes and at beauty spots and local nature reserves.

Cllr John Davison, cabinet member for safer, stronger communities – urban: Ashby, Bottesford and Scunthorpe, said:

“We are fortunate in North Lincolnshire to be able to enjoy spectacular scenery, from our Green Flag award-winning parks to vibrant market towns. The last thing we want are for these areas to be tarnished by litter and dog fouling.

“Most people do act responsibly and care about protecting the environment, not only now but for future generations as well. We are urging the small minority to change their ways, or pay the consequences, with the £150 fines.”