People who throw litter from their vehicles or drop litter on the streets can expect a £75 fine.
Don’t toss it – #BinIt
Epping Forest District Council has joined up with other councils and businesses across Essex as part of the Love Essex Don’t toss it – #BinIt campaign launched on Monday 15 August 2016 to highlight the problem of littering.
According to Keep Britain Tidy almost a third of motorists admit to throwing rubbish out of their vehicle window.* The ‘Don’t toss it – #BinIt’ campaign warns litter offenders, both drivers and pedestrians, that their anti-social behaviour comes with a fine of at least £75.
It costs £17 million a year
“It costs £17 million a year to keep Essex clean and tidy,” says Councillor Will Breare-Hall (Environment Portfolio Holder), “That’s £17 million which could be spent on other initiatives in our communities. People know what they should be doing with their litter – and it is not throwing it on the ground. Litter offenders are still in the minority, but the price of their actions is paid by everyone.”
Councillor Breare-Hall added: “Adults need to set a better example. Every year, we talk to school children across the district at Crucial Crew about littering. It is very clear that the children know that littering is anti-social and they do not like to see it, yet we still see litter alongside many roads across the district dropped by adults. Your litter is your responsibility. There are hundreds of bins for your rubbish across the district but if you can’t find one, take it home.”
Enforcement officers from the council have issued over 100 fixed penalty notices for littering offences, with fines amounting to over £5,000. Officers regularly carry out littering patrols and will also report offenders when they are out across the district completing other work.
There is no excuse
Councillor Will Breare-Hall added: “The message could not be clearer, residents across the district don’t like litter, there is no excuse and you will get fined if we catch you littering.”
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