10 July 2012
Between 1st April and 30th June this year Caerphilly County Borough Council issued a total of 67 fixed penalty notices of £75 for littering offences, while a further 22 fixed penalty notices of £75 were issued for dog fouling. This represents a 286% increase on the numbers issued in the same period in 2010.
Keeping our streets clean and safe continues to be a top priority for the Council. Residents are being encouraged to stop and think before they drop their litter or allow their dog to foul, as Enforcement Officers will issue an on-the-spot fine to anyone seen doing so.
A recent survey has found that a specific problem in Britain is litter from vehicles. 16% of drivers in Wales admitted to littering from their vehicle in the last year, hugely impacting on local authority spending. Caerphilly county borough council spends over £3 million a year cleaning our streets.
The survey found that the item most likely to become litter is cigarette butts, with over 29 million being thrown out of their cars by UK drivers, while 17.4 million unwanted food items such as fruit, burgers and pizzas have clogged up British roads this year.
Cllr Dave Poole, Cabinet Member for Community and Leisure Services, commented, "Like most people I find it infuriating that we have to waste so much public money keeping our beautiful County clean."
Any person who is caught littering will be issued with a £75 fixed penalty notice. Where non-payment of the fine occurs the matter will be pursued through the courts.
He added, "I would encourage all residents to take their environmental responsibilities seriously by taking their litter home or using the bins that are situated throughout the borough."
To report an instance of littering or any other environmental concern, call Caerphilly StreetPride on 01443 866 566 or visit www.caerphilly.gov.uk/streetpride.
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