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Cardiff Councillor: 'You WILL be fined for littering'

Cardiff Council's Cabinet Member for Environment says today's Usual Suspects campaign, launched today, has a stark message: you will be fined for dropping litter.

Cllr Ashley Govier told ITV Cymru Wales: "Cigarette ends and chewing gum are still something we consider 'nuisance litter' and quite problematic to the authority.

"We're trying to educate people - litter does cause an issue in the streets."

Cardiff Council said 14 people were issued with a £75 on-the-spot fine today - the first day of the crackdown.

Cardiff littering crackdown continues

Cardiff Council says the money raised from fines is used to fund initiatives to combat littering and help the environment.

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Survey reveals extent of litter

A survey by Keep Wales Tidy reveals the impact of litter across the country.

The key points are:

  • 86.5% of surveyed streets had smoking-related litter on them
  • In the worst affected areas, 96.4% of streets were littered with smoking-related litter, predominantly cigarette ends

The Welsh Government is committed to removing the blight of litter from our streets.

Litter is one of the most common forms of abuse that people inflict on the environment of Wales; it is damaging for Wales' local environment and wildlife, and has been shown to have significant negative implications for our economy, through its effect on both tourism and inwards investment.

It is also clear that it has a damaging effect on the general wellbeing of people and their communities.

– John Griffiths, Welsh Government Environment Minister

Litter crackdown 'key for Cardiff's international image'

Cardiff Council's launch of its 'Usual Suspects' litter campaign is seen as an essential part of maintaining the city's international image.

Cardiff is a city that is regularly on show across the world as we host so many high profile sporting and cultural events.

It is a major strength that we can put on blue riband events so well with a range of council departments pulling out all the stops to support them.

We can all do our bit to enhance our worldwide reputation even further by thinking about how we get rid of the litter we all produce.

– Cllr Ashley Govier, Cardiff Council

Cardiff litter crackdown

Cardiff Council are aiming to cut down on litter. Credit: PA

Cardiff Council is launching its 'Usual Suspects' litter campaign.

It aims to reduce the amount of litter in the city and ensure that the streets of the capital are kept clean.

It costs taxpayers around £7m a year to keep the city clean with cigarette butts, chewing gum and dog mess often on streets.

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Litter louts to be targeted at Cardiff hospitals

The litter enforcement officers will be patrolling the University Hospital of Wales Credit: ITV News

Hospitals in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan will be the first in Wales to bring in council enforcement officers today, in an attempt to crackdown on litter louts.

Council staff will be able to issue fines to those caught dropping rubbish and even cigarette butts.