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Government publishes new anti-littering strategy

Government publishes new anti-littering strategy

18th April 2017

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom MP unveiled the Government’s first Litter Strategy for England to reduce the near £800m burden to the taxpayer of clean-up costs.

Under the new measures, the most serious litterers could be hit with the £150 fines, while vehicle owners could receive penalty notices when it can be proved litter was thrown from their car – even if it was discarded by somebody else.Funding will also be made available to support innovative community-led projects to tackle litter that could turn local success stories into national initiatives.The Government will follow the strategy with a new national anti-littering campaign in 2018, working with industry and the voluntary sector to drive behaviour change.The consultation on the new enforcement measures officially opened last week. Guidance will then be issued to councils to accompany any new enforcement powers, to make sure they are targeted at cutting litter, while preventing over-zealous enforcement or fines being used to raise revenue