One of the biggest sources of complaint is to do with litter on the side of the road, and fly tipping. Currently EHDC enforces littering and has a ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy to littering which results in a £75 on the spot fine for littering. Recently EHDC took a number of non paying offenders to court which significantly increased their fine – and resulted in a criminal record. A harsh outcome but after dropping litter, getting a notification of a fine, and several other steps before court action I have little sympathy on anyone who managed to get this far.
Country wide we spend £800 Million a year on clearing up litter and fly tipping. It spoils our countryside, gets into waterways and causes pollution.
There is a review at the moment on the powers to deal with littering and this includes the following:
- Fines to increase from £75 to £150
- Drivers of cars to be held accountable for passengers throwing rubbish out of the car
- A ban on disposal of household waste at recycling facilities (This is a HCC run facility)
- Offenders caught fly tipping to help clear up waste as part of their community service
Personally I would like to see no charges for disposal of household waste at the County Council recycling facilities. I’d also welcome the ability to tackle littering from cars by linking with the number plate with the onus then on the registered keeper to identify the offender (currently it is on the local authority to identify the individual so littering from a car is just about unpunishable)
Would this result in over-zealous action or would it help address a growing problem? Poll below and when you have voted it will show you the results so far. Comments welcome too!