A MAN who threw an empty takeaway food bag from his car at Warrington has had to pay a £50 fixed penalty charge – thanks to an alert resident.
An Appleton man was so fed up with passing drivers dropping litter near his house that when he found a discarded bag with a receipt inside which showed where and when the food had been bought, he contacted Warrington Borough Council.
Environmental crime officers were able to establish from CCTV that the driver was a Knutsford man.
He was questioned and fully admitted the offence and as a result was issued with a fixed penalty notice of £50 for depositing the litter.
Cllr Judith Guthrie (pictured) , the council’s lead member for environment said: “This was excellent work by our environmental crime team and I hope this will act as a deterrent to people who think they can treat our borough like a dustbin.
“It doesn’t take much effort for people to dispose of their rubbish in a considerate manner. If we all took the time to do this it would help make life better for everyone.”
Dropping litter whether it’s a cigarette butt or takeaway litter is a criminal offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and carries a maximum £2,500 fine on conviction.
Next year, a law will be introduced which makes the registered keeper of a vehicle responsible should litter be deposited from it regardless of who committed the offence.