Sheffield council waging war on litter louts

Sheffield Council Cabinet member, Councillor Jack Scott (left), and Mark Parry, environmental enforcement team manager, are pictured in Devonshire Green.
Sheffield Council Cabinet member, Councillor Jack Scott (left), and Mark Parry, environmental enforcement team manager, are pictured in Devonshire Green.
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Sheffield Council is doing ‘more than ever before’ to wage war on litter louts, an environment chief has insisted.

Coun Jack Scott said the authority had handed out more fines than any other in the country in the past year and was cracking down on businesses which failed to dispose of waste properly.

The cabinet member for environment, recycling and Streetscene, said: “We are doing more than we have ever done before on enforcement.

“It’s a shame we have to take enforcement but we are going to keep the pressure up to make sure we do everything we can to keep Sheffield clean.”

More than 800 fines for littering and environmental crime were handed out by the council in the last year and enforcement teams have also visited 400 businesses.

Residents across the city have complained of fly-tipping and littering blighting their communities in the past week alone.

Business owners on the Wicker said people had been seen throwing rubbish out of their cars after eating at food outlets on the street and rats were also reported.

Coun Scott added: “It is really good that we are taking tough action - but I wish we didn’t have to issue this many fines. More people should take pride in their city.”

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