New UK crackdown on litter louts come into force

Councils now have the power to almost double on-the-spot fines from £80 to £150

On-the-spot fines for litter louts doubled to £150

  Maximum on-the-spot litter fines are to almost double from £80 to £150 from April next year. It is part of the government’s new measures to deal with litter louts, which includes fines for owners of vehicles from which litter is thrown, regardless of who discarded it. The changes follow a public consultation, which found […]

Litter louts and dog foulers in Bristol face £75 fine

  People caught dropping litter, including chewing gum, cigarette butts and spitting, or leaving dog mess behind in Bristol could face on-the-spot fines of up to £75. The city council will introduce the tougher enforcement measure on 6th November, which includes fines for people who deface property with graffiti. It will run an initial pilot […]

Zero Waste Week calls for less to landfill!

  This year’s Zero Waste Week has arrived! Running for the first week of September every year, Zero Waste Week is the annual awareness campaign for reducing the global volume of waste sent to landfill. In the UK, each person throws away five times their own body weight in waste per year – much of […]

Brighton and Hove to bin beach litter

A new campaign aims to clean up Brighton and Hove by binning beach litter. The #StreetsAhead movement hopes to encourage the responsible disposal of rubbish and ultimately prevent it being washed away in the sea and damaging ocean life. To raise attention to the issue a giant fish made from litter, waste rescue lifeguards and […]

Online tool launched to bin Scottish litter

Zero Waste Scotland has launched an online platform to help reduce littering. The group’s new Litter Knowledge Network brings together a range of advice, expertise and support on litter prevention, including the its own research on the scale, impact and attitudes to the problem. It features resources of successful campaigns and projects, including cases studies, […]

Largest soft drink firms ‘not planning to cut plastic use’

None of the six largest global soft drinks brands have plans to cut the amount of single-use plastic bottles they use. That’s according to a new survey from Greenpeace UK, which investigates the plastic footprints and policies of Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Suntory, Danone, Dr Pepper Snapple and Nestlé. Despite plastic bottles forming a major source of ocean pollution, […]

£10bn price tag for EU litter clean-up

A total of £10 billion is spent every year for cleaning up litter across Europe. The figure was revealed in a new report by a Scottish environment charity, which also found the cost in Scotland amounts to £78 million. Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful and President of the Clean Europe Network disclosed […]

Do you have a new idea on preventing litter?

Businesses, local authorities and third sector organisations are being invited to put forward new ideas to help prevent and tackle the impact of litter and fly-tipping across Scotland. Zero Waste Scotland today launched three funding programmes – Infrastructure and Enforcement Fund, Innovation Fund and Product and Service Development Fund – worth £700,000 but told ELN […]

Scotland launches new strategy to encourage recycling

A new strategy that aims to reduce litter and increase recycling has been launched by the Scottish Government. Around 250 million bits of visible litter are dropped in Scotland every year, damaging the environment and posing a risk to public health, with littering and fly-tipping costing around £53 million of public money, according to the […]