Bigger fines for litter louts in Merton

Merton Council is making litter louts count the cost of littering by upping its fines to £80 from this month.

As part of its zero-tolerance approach to the small minority of people who litter, the council has increased on-the-spot fixed penalty notices (FPNs) from £75 to £80. The new charge is effective from 1 April 2015 and the added money will go straight back into the council’s environmental enforcement and street cleaning services. This increase makes Merton’s FPN charges more consistent with the rest of London and with London Councils’ recommendations.

As well as spending over £5million keeping Merton’s streets clean every year, educating people about the effects of environmental crime and being tougher on people who drop litter, this move is the latest initiative in the council’s ongoing fight against environmental crime. Earlier this year, the council launched the Love Your Street anti-litter campaign which boosts the positive work it does with residents, businesses, community groups and schools to keep Merton clean. This also follows the council’s partnership with environmental enforcement specialists, the introduction of Glutton street cleaning machines for town centres, the installation of special gum and cigarette butt bins across the borough and new high tech smart bins in parks.

Merton Council’s director for environment and regeneration Chris Lee said: “Merton is a great place to live and we know that many residents work hard to keep the borough clean so we’re committed to taking tough action on the small minority of people who litter. As well as our Love Your Street campaign, community clean-ups with residents and environmental education sessions, this bigger fine should deter people from dropping litter on Merton’s streets, helping us to keep the borough clean and tidy.”