Scotland Sees Increased Penalties For Littering And Flytipping

01-04-14(4)picPeople dropping litter or flytipping in Scotland risk being hit with higher financial penalties from today (April 1).

The rise in Fixed Penalty Notices will see those caught littering face an £80 penalty; while those flytipping could be £200 worse off.

The move follows a public consultation, which supported tougher penalties for anyone who doesn’t bin their waste or damages our environment by flytipping.

The penalty increase comes ahead of the Scottish Government’s National Litter Strategy – the first since devolution, which will be published later this year alongside the Scottish Marine Litter Strategy.

Richard Lochhead, Environment Secretary – “Scotland’s natural environment is one of our greatest assets and we must do everything we can to keep it clean and litter-free. It is easy to do the right thing and put your litter in the bin – there really is no excuse for littering”

Commenting on the changes, Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “Scotland’s natural environment is one of our greatest assets and we must do everything we can to keep it clean and litter-free. It is easy to do the right thing and put your litter in the bin – there really is no excuse for littering.

“Tackling litter and flytipping costs us a staggering £78m every year. It’s impacting our economy, looks terrible and in some cases is affecting public health – none of us wants to see a litter-strewn environment; be it rural or urban. It’s up to all of us to take responsibility for this problem and I’d encourage everyone in Scotland to take their litter home, recycle it or find a litter bin.”

It is a criminal offence to litter or flytip and it is the responsibility of individuals and businesses to do the right thing. From 1 April 2014:

  • anyone who drops litter can be issued with an £80 penalty (previously £50). If you don’t pay it then you may be prosecuted and risk a fine of up to £2,500
  • the penalty for flytipping is £200 (previously £50). If you don’t pay it then you may be prosecuted and risk a fine of up to £40,000.

Scotland’s first National Litter Strategy, which will be published later this year, aims to prevent litter and flytipping by encouraging people to do the right thing through communication; the facilities and procedures provided; and strengthened enforcement.

 

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