Six fined in litter-drive week
11:00am Sunday 9th September 2012 in News
SIX people have been fined for dropping litter following a week of targeted enforcement action in the Ammanford area.
Council environmental enforcement officers carried out patrols in Ammanford, Betws and Llandybie as part of a week of action to clean up dog fouling and litter.
The officers issued six fixed penalty notices for £75, mainly for cigarette-related litter, and also spoke to a number of residents about what they were doing to help raise awareness.
Failure to pay the fixed penalty notices could result in prosecution in the magistrates’ court and a maximum fine of £2,500.
Executive board member for environmental and public protection Cllr Jim Jones said litter and dog fouling was a priority for the council which is reflected in an increase in the number of fixed penalty notices being issued.
He said: “Enforcement officers carry out patrols across the county and anyone caught throwing litter or failing to clean up after their dog will be fined. Hopefully these latest fines will act as a warning to people that we are serious about punishing people who are spoiling the environment in this way.”
Research shows that smoking- related litter makes up the largest proportion of litter in Carmarthenshire, found on 83 per cent of the county’s streets.
“Cigarette ends in particular are a big problem as they are difficult and expensive to clean up as they fall into grates and cracks in the pavement," said Cllr Jones.
“It costs the council approximately £2.2 million a year to clean up the streets of dog fouling, litter and fly-tipping, money that could be much better spent.
“We don’t want to fine people but we are determined to clean up Carmarthenshire for both residents and visitors.”