Drop litter and be fined £150 under new Government plans

Ministers also want to see chewing gum companies advice to councils about tackling gum litter

Ministers also want to see chewing gum companies advice to councils about tackling gum litter

People who litter the streets could face increased fixed penalties while the owners of vehicles could be fined if rubbish is thrown from their auto by any driver or passenger, under measures being consulted on as part of a national litter strategy.

Andrea Leadsom, the environment secretary, will tell the probation service that those found guilty of dumping white goods and household waste must clear it up.

The strategy also calls for councils to stop charging householders for disposal of DIY household waste at civic amenity sites - legally, household waste is supposed to be free to dispose of at such sites, Defra says.

For the first time a litter map will measure how much waste is being dropped and dumped so that ministers can measure improvement, the Government announced.

The £150 fine is double what is now issued for dropping litter.

New measures drawn up by environment, transport and communities departments include updating the "binfrastructure" through creative new designs and better distribution of public litter bins, making it easier for people to discard rubbish.

According to the Government's strategy, street cleaning cost local authorities in England £778 million, a significant proportion of which was avoidable litter clean-up and the money could have been spent on vital public services.

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The strategy we have just launched, the first of its kind in England, is created to clean up our streets, making England an even better place to live and visit.

"The current law states that councils have to prove who in the vehicle has thrown the litter out of the window, which is normally an impossible task".

How will the strategy be implemented?

"Countless volunteers take time out of their lives to clean up the mess made by irresponsible litter louts and fly-tippers", Ms Leadsom added. 'Blight on the countryside " Rural organisation the CLA, which represents farmers and landowners, has reacted to the Litter Strategy, saying Ministers are right to tackle this "important issue'.

"For too long a selfish minority have got away with spoiling our streets". It makes our roads look messy, can threaten wildlife and even increase the risk of flooding by blocking drains.

Another part of the plan will see Highways England target the 25 worst litter hot-spots across the roads network.

"By increasing fines and working with local authorities, the Government is taking decisive action to clean up our environment".