‘A zero tolerance approach’ - Over 300 litter louts fined in Sheffield in just five months

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Shocking figures show Sheffield City Council dished out a whopping 338 fines to litter louts in just five months.

Council chiefs said they are taking a ‘zero tolerance’ approach’ to people who dump litter in the streets and urge people to put their rubbish in a bin.

Coun Bryan Lodge, cabinet member for the environment, at Sheffield Council

Coun Bryan Lodge, cabinet member for the environment, at Sheffield Council

A total of 67 people who decided not to pay the £75 fixed penalty notice were made to appear at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court – with every single one being found guilty.

The fines and court costs totalled a massive £16,926.

Coun Bryan Lodge, cabinet member for the environment, pictured below, said: “We have a zero tolerance approach to littering in our city.

“We work hard as a council to keep the city looking its best but this is not something we can achieve alone. We need everyone who lives and works in the city to play their part.

An Amey Streets ahead worker in Sheffield city centre picking up litter thrown on the floor

An Amey Streets ahead worker in Sheffield city centre picking up litter thrown on the floor

“If people do not help us, and they drop litter, then we will take action against them. We have issued 338 fixed penalty notices for littering since March 2016.

“Most of these have been paid but those people who did not pay were prosecuted. All 67 people who did not pay were found guilty.

“We call on residents, businesses and visitors to take pride in our city and keep it clean.”

The council’s Clean Sheffield campaign, backed by The Star, is urging people to take pride in the city and is getting the message out that dropping litter is unacceptable.

The main aim of the campaign is to encourage residents, businesses and visitors to the city to take responsibility for their litter.

Sheffield has than 3,500 council litter bins across the city and employs more than 200 staff to keep the streets clean.

The campaign aims to provide education about the effects of littering and encourage all to use the facilities that are available or take their litter home.

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