Litter affects us all, it blights our local environment and spoils our enjoyment of the countryside.

Published yesterday, the new Litter Strategy for England sets out plans to help to tackle this anti-social behaviour, making North East Bedfordshire an even more attractive area and helping our local economy to prosper and grow.

Measures in the first national Litter Strategy include: 

  • Targeting the 25 worst litter hotspots across our road network.

  • Consulting on increasing the fixed penalty for littering to £150.

  • Recommending that offenders on community sentences help councils to clear up litter and fly-tipped waste.

  • Enabling councils to update the nation’s ‘binfrastructure’ to create new designs and improve the distribution of public litter bins.

  • Working with industry and the voluntary sector on a new campaign for 2018.

  • Convening a new expert group to look at further ways of reducing litter such as plastic bottles and fast food packaging.

Alistair said: 

“Litter is something that affects us all in North East Bedfordshire and across the rest of the country. I want to make sure that our region is a great place to live and work in so that the local economy can thrive.

The Litter Strategy will make it easier for people to get rid of litter properly, creating an anti-littering culture and introducing tougher enforcement measures to hit thoughtless litter louts in the pocket”.