At the start of the month local authorities were given the go-ahead to double on-the-spot litter fines to a maximum penalty of £150. However, results from a new poll have found that Brits support taking a significantly tougher stance on punishing those who litter, giving their backing to a range of strict new measures to tackle the growing problem.
Nearly half the UK believes those caught littering should take part in community service litter picks (48%), with more than a third of us even going as far as calling for litterers to face criminal prosecution (36%).
The poll, conducted by Future Thinking with its long-term client Serco’s Environmental Services business, canvassed more than 3,000 people. It asked respondents what should be done to tackle littering in light of the growing scale of the problem. The amount of litter dropped every year in the UK has increased by 500% since the 1960s and the cost to taxpayers of picking up litter is now nearly £800m per year.