Havant Borough Council’s Pick up or Pay up campaign to clean up the streets, parks and open spaces is now under way.
In the first week of the campaign the councils Environment Rangers working in partnership with Kingdom Security’s Environmental Enforcement Officers, issued 82 on the spot fines.
The borough wide crack down on cutting down on litter saw the majority of the Fixed Penalty Notices issued were for cigarette butts.
Cigarette litter is now the UK’s biggest litter problem, according to research carried out by Keep Britain Tidy, and the most commonly found item of litter on our streets.
A cigarette end can take anything up to 12 years to fully biodegrade due to the cellulose acetate they contain, as well as being harmful to bird and marine life.
Natalie Meagher, Service Manager for Neighbourhood Quality said: “Our officers will be patrolling the borough to deter people from littering and dog fouling. It is everyone’s responsibility to help keep the streets clean and we need to reinforce this. Issuing fines will help to achieve a cleaner borough. Littering can be anything from chewing gum, cigarette butts, sweet and food wrappers to drinks containers.”
Havant Borough Council wants to make the borough cleaner but we need your help. To report littering or dog fouling you can simply call 023 9244 6024, email firstname.lastname@example.org or through our website and click on ‘Report it’