Residents caught dropping litter will face an increased fine from 1 April due to new government legislation.

New regulations come into force nationally next month which mean that the ‘lesser penalty’ – i.e. early repayment fee – cannot be less than £50, an increase from the current £40 rate. The full fixed penalty is also increasing to recognise the importance of dealing with environmental offences.

Councillors at a Full Council meeting this week (Thursday 8 March) approved new Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) rates. It means that anyone caught dropping litter in Erewash after 1 April will be issued with a £100 FPN, an increase on the current £75 rate, with an early repayment rate of £50. Similar proposed increases in FPNs issued for other environmental crime, including flytipping, also got the go-ahead.

Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:

These higher rate changes are coming into force as a result of national legislation. We do continue to support the crackdown on environmental crime and, together with our residents, work to keep Erewash clean and tidy.

There is, of course, a clear message here – don’t drop your litter. It’s as simple as that. Dispose of your litter responsibly and you won’t be out of pocket.

 

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