Highland Council leader wants tougher litter penalties

Cigarette ends Most fines issued during a recent anti-litter campaign were for dropped cigarette ends

Related Stories

The leader of Highland Council has asked the Scottish government to get tougher on litter louts.

In a letter to Environment Minister Richard Lochhead, Michael Foxley said there was a culture that accepted rubbish being dropped.

He said the local authority spent £3.5m a year on street cleaning and picking up litter in the countryside.

Mr Foxley said there should be zero tolerance of offenders and highlighted the use of heavier fines in the US.

The Liberal Democrat councillor said Highland has three enforcement officers who could fine litter louts £50.

In the US, he said fines could reach $1,000 (£606).

Earlier this year, Highland Council enforcement officers issued 26 £50 fixed penalty notices, most for the dropping of cigarette butts, during a zero tolerance campaign.

Last month, the authority started trials on a bin with an inbuilt solar-powered compactor to crush down rubbish.

Called a Big Belly, it is about the same size as a regular litter bin but can take eight times the normal amount of rubbish.

Highland Council said at the time that it was looking at the possibility of replacing all its 50 city centre bins with Big Belly bins.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Highlands & Islands

Weather

Inverness

Min. Night 1 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Signposts showing the US and UK flagsAn ocean apart

    How British misunderstanding of the US is growing


  • Before and after shotsPerfect body

    Just how reliable are 'before and after' photos?


  • Mukesh SinghNo remorse

    Delhi bus rapist says victim shouldn't have fought back


  • A cow wearing sunglasses overlaid with the phrase 'Can't touch this'Cow row

    Thousands rally against the ban on beef in India


Elsewhere on the BBC

Programmes

  • Former al-Qaeda double agent Aimen DeanHARDtalk Watch

    Islamic State is about revenge says former al-Qaeda member turned spy Aimen Dean

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.