Zero tolerance approach to littering streets in Angus

ANGUS took a zero tolerance approach to littering on Thursday, June 9 by educating people about the consequences of dropping litter and issuing fixed penalty notices to those caught in the act.

On the day, one person was issued for failing to clear up dog fouling and a further five were given warnings.

For the fourth year running Keep Scotland Beautiful teamed up with 23 local authorities and Scottish police forces for a single national day of action to educate and target those trashing the streets and open spaces.

During the day 18 enforcement officers from Angus worked together patrolling the streets and open spaces of Angus, educating, handing out fines and issuing warnings.

The officers spent a lot of time speaking with people who were smoking to highlight that cigarette butts are litter and must be disposed of properly, with dog walkers to highlight proper disposal of fouling and with school children about using litter bins.

The day aimed to raise the profile of the low-level crime and demonstrate to the public that the enforcement agencies have a serious desire to tackle it.

Donna Wilson, Team Leader at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “The day of action has demonstrated that Scottish local authorities and police forces are committed to tackling littering.

“By working in partnership across the country we have taken a stand against low level crimes such as littering and demonstrated that it will no longer be taken lightly.

“It is clear that littering is still a big problem if more than 270 fixed penalty notices of £50 for littering, 34 for littering from a vehicle, and three fixed penalty notices of £40 for not cleaning up after your dog were issued to people on a single day in Scotland. But by continuing to educate people, provide better services and issue fines, we are united in our approach to make our communities safer, stronger, greener and cleaner”.

Councillor Jim Millar, Angus Council waste management spokesperson, said: “We live in a beautiful part of Scotland and want to keep our towns, villages and beaches litter-free for the benefits of residents and visitors alike.

“ I urge people to dispose of their litter thoughtfully throughout the year.”