'To hell with the moaners, the higher the fine the better'

Person dropping litter in the street
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ECHO readers have backed plans from Liverpool City Council to bring in a new external company to issue fines for littering and flytipping but they have concerns.

The council is planning a significant crackdown on littering and fly tipping as part of its efforts to tidy up the city. A report due to be presented at next Tuesday's cabinet meeting will recommend substantial changes to improve environmental standards across the city.

The local authority says it wants to tackle the 'minority' of residents whose poor behaviour, such as littering and fly-tipping, blights communities and places avoidable demand on the council's waste management services.

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In addition to creating an anti-litter programme with Keep Britain Tidy and community groups, the council has also established the UK's largest network of subterranean superbins to help reduce bin bag related litter in streets that couldn't accommodate wheelie bins. They've also installed larger bins in many of the city's main parks. Councillor Laura Robertson-Collins, Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “To those who litter and fly tip, we’re coming after you."

Commenter Denta is in favour of the plan: “Keep Britain tidy, that's the message that has been preached for years quite right! If they are caught littering the streets slam a heavy fine on them.” Whatsappenin agrees: “Good there are loads of tourists here too bringing cash to spend in our amazing city, first impressions count.”

Amelou thinks: “We need more bins and for those bins to be emptied regularly.” VVD97 points out: “Not just in the city though is it? Our bins are due collection in the morning and people can't even be bothered to put bin bags in bins. There's now about 8 bags that have been ripped open by seagulls making a right mess that will now encourage rats.” Dontlikeitdo1 agrees: “You would be surprised how many seagulls are responsible for the mess left by bins. They drag everything out of them..”

Pn says: “It’s a losing battle, people have no respect unless there are hundreds of people out and about catching them you have no chance of sorting the problem out.”

Bernie G agrees: “They tried this before and, as it was a 'bounty-based' system, the 'Officer's' just targeted areas where there weren't any bins or they were always full, especially around tourist hot spots. With the council's introduction of 'community Euro bins' they could do with checking local shops to see if they have a 'trade waste licence' as they often use the community's Euro Bins leading to overflowing refuse. Target student landlords, their 'cleaners' and their contractors, who dump more waste at this time of year, every year."

Somewhereinbetween writes: “I hope it works.... Still think, like a lot of my neighbours, that Landlords of Student HMOs should pay for their property waste to be privately collected weekly or and to be responsible for any littering from their houses. They should also be responsible for the clear up at the end of every academic year and have to dispose of it sustainably. Then you'd see how clean our streets can be and how much more revenue Liverpool could keep for its Residents.”

Wokeupabout11withhairlikebrianmay agrees: “How many people were actually prosecuted last year for fly tipping? Start with the big ones first. I know dropping rubbish on the floor is bad but these tramps dumping tons of stuff need to be dealt with. Not just the easy targets like people dropping ciggys.”

Dendot added: “Looking forward to how this is going to pan out .. especially all the people who get caught for example dropping a tissue by accident who the enforcers will stop.. ( you can bet on that) Yet the real culprits will get away with it.”

Dignity123 suggests: “The proposed fines are not high enough, £2000 for the first offence, doubling each time if repeated. To hell with the moaners, if you don't drop things you have nothing to worry about.” Tercol is not optimistic: “Unworkable legislation. People have been dropping litter in the streets since way back."

Joby points out: “Gone are the days when the pubs closed at 11pm with last orders at 10.30 then all off to the nearest club that kicked you out at 2am for your taxi home. Clubs in town are now letting out at 6am and 7am and are the council reps really gonna approach a gang of four young lads to tell them they are being fined a grand for littering?!”

Davey Badda$$ thinks: “It's about time. Liverpool, especially in the sunshine on a summer's day, is a beautiful city with some of the finest classical architecture on the planet....ruined by fly tipping and littering. Some of the back streets and alleyways in the city centre have rats the size of cats. There needs to be ZERO tolerance of the litterers wrecking our city. Solve this and you make this city a stunning place to live, work and play.”

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