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TOUGHER ACTION ON LITTER ANNOUNCED

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A consultation document aimed at strengthening existing litter laws has been published by environment minister Robe...
A consultation document aimed at strengthening existing litter laws has been published by environment minister Robert Atkins.

The document concludes that while there have been improvements in the cleanliness of public areas since new litter laws were introduced in 1991, there is still considerable room for improvement.

Mr Atkins said the key recommendations of the report, compiled by the Advisory Group on Litter, are: 'Publication of information to inform the citizen about how their local authority plans to fulfill its litter duty;

Improvements to the way in which litter on private land can be dealt with by local authorities;

Improved powers to enable local authorities to target business or commercial activities which result in litter on adjacent areas;

Replacement of the existing patchwork of dog fouling byelaws with a national offence of failure to clear up after one's dog in most public areas;

Improvements to the litter fixed penalty system so local authority contractors can, subject to certain safeguards, issue penalty notices and to allow extension of the fixed penalty system to dog fouling offences;

Increasing the fixed penalty from £10 to £25 in line with the general increase in fine levels since the litter provisions were brought into effect'.

Mr Atkins added that all interested parties should let the environment department have their views by 14 October.

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