Dozens left with criminal records following litter crackdown


Thousands of litterbugs have been given on-the-spot fines, and dozens left with criminal records, as part of our continued crackdown on littering.

Around 2,200 people have now been given fines since a team of city-centre litter busters starting work at the end of last year.

And 54 people who refused to pay have now been ordered to pay fines totalling nearly £9,900 after being prosecuted in Manchester Magistrates' Court.

More than one hundred people are now due to be sent before the courts over the next few months.

The officers, who started working last November, have the power to hand out on-the-spot fines to litter bugs – and anyone refusing to pay the £80 bill faces being taken to court.

The team is part of a huge litter crackdown we’ve organised in response to your concerns about the problem.

We have also installed nearly 700 new litter bins, including 40 recycling bins, in the city centre as part of a major campaign urging residents and visitors to take responsibility and not drop litter.

The bins were paid for by the council's £14.5 million Clean City Fund, which was provided due to our shareholding in Manchester Airports Group, and is being used to provide one-off investments to improve the city's environment.

The fund has also been used to provide grants, enabling residents to run regular clean-up events in their communities.

Cllr Kevin Peel said:

"The council would have an easier job keeping the streets clean if litter louts didn't drop their rubbish in the first place.

"I wish we didn't need this tough love but until people get the message that rubbish is for the bin, not the street, we won't stop.

"Residents are already commenting on the improvements to the city centre environment but we know we've got more work to do."

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