Litter louts face £150 on the spot fines

Published: Friday 12th October 18

Wandsworth Council is to increase the maximum fine for littering from £100 to £150 to act as a deterrent to offenders.

The move, which comes into effect from 1 November, is part of the council’s zero tolerance approach to littering, taking advantage of powers that came into force earlier this year, allowing councils to increase the fine for small-scale fly-tipping offences, where a prosecution may be considered to be excessive.

Increasing the maximum fine sends a clear message that dropping any litter, whether it’s a crisp packet, cigarette butt or sweet wrapper is unacceptable.

Those caught are able to pay a reduced fee if paid within 10 days of issue.

This new enforcement measure forms part of our #KeepWandsworthClean education campaign , and follows a successful 18-month pilot which saw council contractor NSL work alongside the in-house team, issuing more than 4,000 fines during the course of the trial. This brings the total number of fines issued, between April 2017 and August 2018, up to 6,286.    

Council officers will continue to support this work with our #KeepWandsworthClean education campaign, working with schools, landlords and businesses; highlighting how residents can dispose of rubbish responsibly and encourages people to change their behaviour.

Earlier this year Cllr Steffi Sutters, Wandsworth Council's environment spokesperson, explained why the council sees tackling flytipping and littering as a priority.  

This week Cllr Sutters said: “We work hard to keep the borough clean and tidy, but all too often council taxpayers foot the bill to pick up other people’s rubbish.“Litter louts shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this behaviour. Increasing on the spot fines to £150 make them think twice about their actions.

“More serious fly-tipping offences will continue to be dealt with by prosecution, as will anyone who fails to pay a fixed penalty.” 

Residents can dispose of rubbish responsibly and get involved in the #KeepWandsworthClean campaign:

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This is a despotic approach that is a disgrace to a once-civilised nation. The ends do not justify the means when the means supplant due process of law. Your wardens are arresting officer, prosecuting officer judge and jury. Suffering litter on the streets is far preferable to living in a Police State. The English have had a right to a fair trial since the time of King John. Your policy brings disgrace upon you. Furthermore: anyone who is proud to have zero tolerance for others should be ashamed of themselves.
David Cooper

5 April 2019

You always fail to address the point that one of the biggest problems with litter is what the binmen leave behind cleaners should be complying with the terms of there contract not picking up after the binman
T arthur

14 October 2018

1) I've never ever seen or heard of a litter patrol/fine in Putney, ever. Yet the roads are a mess! 2) It would be nice if the council used the revenue from fines to a) sweep the streets more often (and more thoroughly!); b) collect not just the full public litter bin but also all the rubbish that has overflowed from it. 3) It would be nice to see more litter education in local schools. Currently, pupils drop litter all over the floor of the bus every evening. It would be nice to see them made to pick up litter on a regular basis. No, that's not dangerous to them. They can learn to use their eyes to detect sharp things and they can learn to wash their hands afterwards.

13 October 2018

The borough shoulg enforce the use of bins to leave the waste and recycling bags. People tend to leave the bags in the street to facilitate the work of the rubbish man but what really causes is more rubbish on the streets. Foxes etc tear the bags during the night and the next morning the streets are full of rubbish. Once the rubbish men have collected the bags there are loads of wastes scattered in the streets. Either the council distributes bins for all households and tells neighbours not to leave the bags in the street or immediately after collection any rubbish left is cleaned by the council. The system is clearly not working.
Sonia Cuests

13 October 2018

It would help if the Council had not REMOVED so many litter bins from so many sites over the last few years presumably to save some money This is more hypocracy from the Council.

12 October 2018

Great to see. And more visibility of enforcement will help too - the more litter louts are seen to be fined, the more people will get the message that it’s socially unacceptable. I do think agree that more or bigger bins on the high streets might help, purely because often they seem to be overflowing. Which at least shows they are being used... I also would like to see local fast food businesses playing their part to prompt their customers to behave responsibly - much of the litter I see is from local chicken shops, McDonalds etc. And it’s in their interests to do so - it reflects poorly on their brand when it’s seen as litter.

12 October 2018

One way that Wandsworth could help to cut down litter would be to put litter bins in more places. It took me about 10 years to get a bin put in Petergate Open Space - this has improved the situation enormously. However, if you walk from that bin to the Grant Road entrance to Clapham Junction Station, you do not pass another bin. Grant Road itself is always covered in litter - mainly because there is nowhere to put it.

12 October 2018

The increase in the fine itself will not make a difference, it's the policing that needs to take place. There is nobody available to enforce it most of the time. As long as litter louts think they can get away with it, they will continue the practice. By making the fine too big, there will be an increased likelihood that people just cannot afford to pay it - then what?
Richard Lo

12 October 2018

Good news. Will the council now send out some officers to deal with cigarette ends at bus stops and pretty much anywhere else people congregate? These also contain plastic and do not biodegrade easily.

12 October 2018