Council cracks down on littering and fly-tippers

Lewes District Council is waging war on litter with a new campaign agreed by Cabinet councillors today (Thursday, February 3).

The Litter and Fly-tipping Reduction Strategy and Action Plan underscores the council’s commitment to tackling behaviours that damage the environment such as littering, fly-tipping, graffiti and dog fouling.

Councillor Julie Carr, Cabinet member for Recycling, Waste and Open Spaces, said: “Our district is a beautiful place to live and work and we want to make sure the environment is of the highest quality for residents and visitors to enjoy.

“The vast majority of us agree that littering, fly-tipping or not clearing up after your dog is totally unacceptable but still some people continue to blight our public spaces with their careless actions.

“My message to them is: ‘Stop this anti-social behaviour now!’ We have a zero-tolerance approach to crimes against the environment and are proactive in bringing the culprits to justice whenever evidence is found."

Anyone found fly-tipping, littering, graffitiing, fly-posting or failing to pick up their dog’s mess can be fined or, where appropriate, face legal proceedings in court.

Before the council carries out the swift removal of litter, fly-tipping and graffiti, its Neighbourhood First officers look for evidence to identify those responsible.

The council continues to increase the number of litter and dog poo bins as well as replacing any that are damaged.

Additionally, support is being extended to provide community groups with equipment for litter picking.

Councillor Carr added: “My sincere thanks to all the volunteer litter pick groups for the sterling work they carry out in helping us to improve the cleanliness of Lewes district.”

Residents are encouraged to report fly-tipping using the Report It smartphone app or on our website - report fly-tipping