New cam­paign launched to com­bat lit­ter

Llanelli Star - - NEWS -

GIVE your lit­ter a lift home – that’s the mes­sage to take­away and fast­food cus­tomers in Car­marthen­shire.

A num­ber of restau­rants and take­aways in the county have joined forces with the coun­cil to launch a new cam­paign to com­bat lit­ter.

Signs and posters ask­ing cus­tomers to put their rub­bish in the bin have been put up and lit­ter­picks are be­ing car­ried out with the help of the lo­cal com­mu­nity at rub­bish hot-spots. Those tak­ing part in­clude McDon­ald’s in Llanelli, Cross Hands and Car­marthen and Road­chef in Pont Abra­ham.

Ex­ec­u­tive Board Mem­ber for the En­vi­ron­ment Cllr Hazel Evans said: “There is no excuse for drop­ping lit­ter on our streets. If there are no bins nearby, then please take your rub­bish home with you to dis­pose of.

“Lit­ter can cause harm to an­i­mals and wildlife, it spoils the ap­pear­ance of an area and it can at­tract ver­min. Hope­fully this cam­paign will en­cour­age people to do the right thing. I would like to thank all the take­away premises and fast-food restau­rants for work­ing with us to help clean up Car­marthen­shire.”

As well as rais­ing aware­ness, coun­cil en­vi­ron­men­tal en­force­ment of­fi­cers will also be in­creas­ing pa­trols and any­one caught drop­ping lit­ter could be is­sued with an on-the-spot fine of £75.

Ex­ec­u­tive Board Mem­ber for Pub­lic Pro­tec­tion Cllr Philip Hughes said: “We do not want to fine people, we want people to be re­spon­si­ble and put their lit­ter in the bin. How­ever, if people break the law by throw­ing it out of their car win­dow or be­cause they are just too lazy to walk to a bin, then we will come af­ter you and you will be fined.”

The max­i­mum fine for lit­ter­ing is £2,500 if pros­e­cuted in the mag­is­trates court.

Restau­rants and take­aways in the county have joined forces with the coun­cil to launch a new cam­paign to com­bat lit­ter.

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