Western Mail

City issues just 184 litter fines in year


CARDIFF Council has issued just 184 fines for littering in a year – compared with 12,000 in Bristol.

Figures have revealed Cardiff council issued around 15 fixed penalty notices for littering on average per month over the past year – while Bristol manages around 1,000.

Litter is regularly left strewn across Cardiff city centre following major events, and the state of many streets across the capital has made headlines as angry residents report discarded household waste.

Cardiff council says it adopts a “zero tolerance” approach to littering but has an “education first” policy.

Cllr Michael Michael, Cardiff council’s cabinet member for clean streets and recycling, said: “Most of us want to live in a city we can all take pride in and it’s the few who ruin it for the many. We need to use citizen power to make clear to anyone who litters that it’s not acceptable.

“As a city we need to adopt a zero-tolerance approach. It’s not all about the council and it shouldn’t all be about fines. We all have a responsibi­lity enough is enough.

“That doesn’t mean we won’t fine people, we do, and we are looking at regulation­s and laws to see what else we can do, but our approach is education first.”

Cardiff council officers have the power to issue fixed penalty notices of £80 for littering.

In Bristol, the council uses private company Kingdom, whose officers have the power to issue fines for littering, the majority of which are for dropped cigarette butts. to say

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