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Knowsley Council continues to strive for cleaner communities

by Nicola Appleton

Knowsley Council is clamping down on people who litter by doubling the Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for littering from £75 to £150.

The increase, due to start in April 2020 but temporarily paused due to coronavirus, comes into effect from Monday 10th August 2020 when Enforcement Officers will be deployed across the borough, tackling the issue.

Litter is anything which is thrown, dropped, or otherwise deposited and includes items such as chewing gum, food and cigarette butts. Households and businesses should also be aware that putting refuse out for collection outside of specified times and not in correct receptacles is also littering. Anything more than a bag of waste is also dealt with as fly tipping where the fine is much higher. To report any incidents of fly tipping please visit here.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said:

“Not only can littering be a blight on our streets but also has a detrimental impact on our local environmental quality. It is irresponsible and disrespectful to our communities so our response is to raise the Fixed Penalty Notice for anyone seen littering in the borough. We hope the increase acts as further deterrent to those who litter and demonstrates our zero-tolerance.”

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 Knowsley Council has the power to issue Fixed Penalty Notices to people caught littering. Council Enforcement Officers patrol the borough and will issue on the spot fines to anyone found littering.

What can you do to help us make our communities cleaner

– Dispose of litter in the bins provided. If one is not available, keep hold of your litter until you find one that is, or take it home with you.

– Tie-up your own bin-bags carefully and use a bin with a lid.

– Report over-full public litter bins.

You can log incidents of large accumulations of litter online here, the information will be passed to the council’s Street Scene service to be dealt with.