Tough on lit­ter­ing, tough on the causes

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Chuck­ing a can or sand­wich packet out of the car win­dow could land the owner with a penalty charge even if they didn’t do the throw­ing. This, and £150 on-the-spot fines for lit­ter louts, are two of the mea­sures un­veiled by De­fra in its mis­sion to clean up Bri­tain (Agromenes, page 37).

More bins will make it eas­ier for peo­ple to put lit­ter in the right place, coun­cils will not be able to charge for tak­ing house­hold DIY waste to dumps and of­fend­ers on com­mu­nity ser­vice will be sent to pick up rub­bish.

Eco-schools will be in­creased and ex­perts will look at re­duc­ing the lit­ter­ing temp­ta­tions of plas­tic bot­tles, cig­a­rette ends and fast-food pack­ag­ing. The high­ways Agency has iden­ti­fied 25 ‘hotspots’ to tackle.

The CLA com­ments: ‘Min­is­ters are right to be do­ing this. Lit­ter and fly-tip­ping comes at a ma­jor cost for farm­ers and other ru­ral busi­nesses who in­evitably have to clear it up. This was es­ti­mated at £50 mil­lion last year—an un­af­ford­able bur­den.’

how­ever, the nfu says the strat­egy doesn’t go far enough to tackle fly-tip­ping. ‘We are press­ing the Mag­is­trates’ As­so­ci­a­tion to en­sure its mem­bers are fully aware of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Of­fences De­fin­i­tive guide­lines. Mag­is­trates need to make use of their sen­tenc­ing pow­ers and pro­vide a real de­ter­rent,’ ad­vises deputy pres­i­dent Minette Bat­ters.

De­fra is seek­ing public views on in­creas­ing fines and would like to hear from par­ish coun­cils, char­i­ties and ve­hi­cle-hire com­pa­nies (www. gov.uk/gov­ern­ment/con­sul­ta­tions). KG

It’s es­ti­mated that lit­ter­ing and fly-tip­ping cost the coun­try­side £50 mil­lion last year

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