PEOPLE caught littering in Stockton-on-Tees will now face a £130 fixed penalty fine.
Councillors agreed to set the increased fine at a meeting of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet last night (Thursday, April 19).
The new fines come into force from Monday and the £130 will be reduced to £90 if paid within seven days.
Figures revealed the cost of cleaning the UK’s streets and countryside costs the taxpayer almost £800million a year.
Councillor Steve Nelson, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Access, Communities and Community Safety, said: “Each year we spend a lot of time and money picking up litter from our streets.
“These changes come after a national survey found that 85 per cent of people are in favour of increased fines.
“We hope it will act as a clear deterrent to the minority of people responsible to dispose of their litter properly.
“The increase is not about making money, and for us, success would be that we didn’t have to issue any fines in the years ahead.”
In future, councils will also be able to impose these fines on the owners of vehicles from which litter is thrown, even if it was discarded by someone else.
For more information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/environment-and-housing/litter-street-cleaning-and-fly-tipping