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A fine mess: What to do about a load of rubbish?

In times of tight budgets and funding cutbacks, tackling the issue of rubbish dumped on our streets is a a controversial and costly one.

The latest weapon in Canterbury Council's strategy against litter louts is issuing fines to anyone flouting litter laws.

The on the spot fines are being issued by a private company as part of a pilot project which could be extended up to Whitstable and Herne Bay later in the summer.

Over in Medway, more than 4,000 tonnes of litter and fly-tipping was cleared from the streets last year.

More than 4,000 tonnes of litter and fly-tipping was cleared from the streets of Medway last year – the equivalent of 333 double-decker buses.

A year ago Medway Council formed a dedicated Street Scene Enforcement Team to try and tackle the issue.

The clearance has cost Medway taxpayers £3 million.

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