Council launch campaign to tackle litter louts

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By CarlyBaldwin | Wednesday, December 05, 2012, 20:31

Walsall Council are considering a number of initiatives as part of an action plan to reduce the amount of litter which is dropped around the borough.

Measures such as high visibility patrols, additional ash trays and chewing gum bins on lampposts and reward schemes to encourage children to dispose of litter properly are all being considered.

There is also the possibility that those seen dropping litter will be issued with Fixed Penalty Notices.

Members of the council's Cabinet will discuss the proposals at a meeting on December 12.

Councillor Zahid Ali, portfolio holder for public protection with Walsall Council's Coalition, said: "This new campaign will be using a number of methods to try to reduce the amount of litter which is dropped in our borough.

"Irresponsible behaviour towards litter disposal costs the council extra money to clean up. We want to ensure that there is no adverse impact to all our public services. The small minority of people responsible for littering must be caught and prosecuted.

"We will also be educating youngsters as well as offering positive solutions to encourage people to use litter bins. This is a really positive campaign which we are confident will help make our borough a cleaner and even more pleasant place to live and work," he added.

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