Posted: Mon 1st Feb 2016

Six people fined for cigarette litter

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Monday, Feb 1st, 2016

Six people have been fined for dropping cigarette ends. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Council environmental enforcement officers issued the fixed penalty notices for £75 for littering offences. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

A Trimsaran man, a woman from Swiss Valley and a woman from Burry Port were fined in separate incidents in Llanelli town centre and a further fine was issued to a man who dropped his cigarette in Coleshill Terrace, Llanelli. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

A Llansteffan man was caught by officers throwing a cigarette from a vehicle in Seaview Terrace, Burry Port; and a Pencader man was also fined for throwing a cigarette from a vehicle in Myrtle Hill, Carmarthen. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Failure to pay could lead to court prosecution and a maximum fine of up to £2,500. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Executive Board Member for Environmental and Public Protection Cllr Jim Jones said the council had a zero tolerance approach to littering. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Approximately 80% of litter on Carmarthenshire streets is smoking-related. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Jones added: “Cigarette ends fall into grates and cracks in the pavement and cannot be removed by normal cleaning methods.
“Hopefully these fines will help to raise awareness of the problem and deter people from dropping this type of litter.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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