Council convicts litter bug for throwing cigarette butt

Merton Council convicted Wimbledon resident Daniel Grigsby for a littering offence at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court last week.

Grigsby threw and left a cigarette butt on Christchurch Road last June. Having not paid the original penalty of £75, he was fined £600 and ordered to pay Merton’s costs of £350 and the victim surcharge of £60. The total sum of £1010 is payable within 28 days and in the event Grigsby fails to pay, the court can instruct its own bailiffs to enforce the order.

This action is part of the council’s pro-clean streets campaign. Anyone caught dropping litter is automatically fined £75 which, if paid within 10 days, is reduced to £50.

Merton’s enforcement officers will be patrolling our streets on the look out for people dropping litter. Since March 2013, we have issued 225 fines for littering offences in total.

Every year, the council spends £5 million keeping the borough’s streets clean by tackling litter and flytipping. Merton’s dual litterbins for recycling and waste, investment in street cleaning machines as well as community engagement and enforcement work are all helping to improve the cleanliness of our streets.

Cabinet member for environmental cleanliness and parking, Councillor Judy Saunders, said: “We spend so much money every year clearing up after people who drop litter – money we would rather plough into recycling and other environmental initiatives within the borough. Merton residents want to live in a clean borough and we will not tolerate the small minority of people who drop litter on our streets. Anyone who is caught doing this should expect a fine. ”

Merton has published a new anti-litter code which can be viewed by visiting www.merton.gov.uk/anti-littercode.