'Zero tolerance' approach to environmental crime in Ashfield

Residents should think twice before they choose not to pick up after their dog, or drop litter, as Ashfield District Council vow to take a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to environmental crime

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 10:28 am

A new dedicated environmental enforcement team has been created to further tackle littering and dog fouling across the district.

The council is working with specialist private sector enforcement provider Waste Investigations Support and Enforcement on a 12-month pilot that will see fixed penalty notices issued to those caught committing environmental crime in our communities.

The team of enforcement officers will patrol town centres, parks and green spaces and high footfall areas. The new scheme comes at no additional cost to the council, and will actually see it generate money that it can invest back into the district.

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The council’s director for place and communities, Theresa Hodgkinson, said: “The council is committed to making Ashfield a cleaner and greener place to live, environmental crime can adversely impact on the local environment.

“This zero tolerance approach should make residents think twice before they choose not to pick up after their dog, or drop litter. It could make for a very expensive coffee if you choose to dump your cup rather than take it home to put in the bin.

"We are investing highly in our town centres and green spaces and we want residents to be proud of where they live. We all have a responsibility to keep the district clean, and this new pilot will come down on those that think they can commit environmental crime and get away with it.”

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