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Tackling litter in rural and urban areas | House of Lords

Tackling waste crime is a key priority for local authorities

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Tackling waste crime is a key priority for local authorities. Successful local approaches ensure 73 per cent of residents are very or fairly satisfied with the street cleaning service their council provides.

Councils spend around £1 billion per year dealing with littering and fly-tipping, and cleaning up chewing gum alone costs the average town centre £60,000 per year (up to £56 million for 936 towns in England).

The LGA is calling for more powers that would ensure: local government continues to tackle effectively littering and fly-tipping; producers take more responsibility for the costs of littering; and councils are able to tackle and deter people from fly tipping through fixed penalty notices.

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