More than 200 fines have been handed out to people dropping litter as part of a new litter crackdown by Adur & Worthing Councils which saw more enforcement officers on the street.
Extra officers were drafted in by Adur & Worthing Councils in June as lockdown rules were eased in a bid to encourage people to take rubbish home with them. The team, who have walked more than 375,435 steps during patrols, issued a total of 76 littering Fixed Penalty Notices in Adur and 123 in Worthing, of which nine are being taken to court. The enforcement officers will always carry a council identity badge with their number on.
Thoughtless littering is one of the biggest complaints received by Councils. The waste impacts beauty spots and green spaces as well as residential roads and wind blown litter also ends up polluting the sea. In the next few months known litter hotspots and dog fouling areas will be targeted by the officers.
Littering carries a maximum fine of £2,500 as well as a criminal record, and failing to pick up after their dog can lead to Fixed Penalty Notices of £75 and £100.
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