People who drop litter or fly tip in Scotland run the risk of of being hit with bigger fines for littering and fly tipping from today with a Scottish Government increase in fixed penalty fines.
The rise in Fixed Penalty Notices will see those caught littering face an £80 penalty, while those fly tipping could be £200 worse off. The move follows a public consultation, which supported tougher penalties for anyone who doesn’t bin their waste or damages our environment by fly tipping.
- The £50 penalty for dropping litter has been increased to £80. If you don’t pay it then you may be prosecuted and risk a fine of up to £2,500.
- The penalty for fly tipping which was previously £50 the same as littering is now £200. If you don’t pay it then you may be prosecuted and risk a fine of up to £40,000.
The penalty increase comes ahead of the Scottish Government’s National Litter Strategy – the first since devolution, which will be published later this year alongside the Scottish Marine Litter Strategy.
Commenting on the changes, Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said
Scotland’s natural environment is one of our greatest assets and we must do everything we can to keep it clean and litter-free. It is easy to do the right thing and put your litter in the bin – there really is no excuse for littering.
Tackling litter and flytipping costs us a staggering £78 million every year. It’s impacting our economy, looks terrible and in some cases is affecting public health – none of us wants to see a litter-strewn environment; be it rural or urban. It’s up to all of us to take responsibility for this problem and I’d encourage everyone in Scotland to take their litter home, recycle it or find a litter bin.
Cllr Stephen Hagan, COSLA’s Development, Economy and Sustainability Spokesperson commented
Litter and its effects have significant costs to both communities and councils. Local authorities are committed to working with their communities and partners to reduce the negative impacts of litter and flytipping, and fixed penalty notices are one of a number of ways in which behaviour change can be encouraged.
The increase from a £50 to £80 penalty for littering had strong support through the National Litter Strategy consultation and councils will seek only to use this increased financial penalty when other avenues of education and prevention have failed to stop those individuals who not only flout the law but also the efforts of the wider community to keep Scotland clean, tidy and litter-free.
£78 million is spent tackling littering and fly tipping each year in Scotland, with local authorities spending more than £36 million of this removing litter, and a further £9 million clearing fly tipping.