Local residents in Carlisle are being urged to back the city council's Keep Carlisle Clean campaign.

Part of the campaign will inlcude billboards highlighting hefty fines for enviro-crimes.

The three areas being focused on are:

  • Dog fouling

  • Littering

  • Fly-tipping

People are being asked to get in touch with the council if they have any information that could lead to a perpetrator being caught.

We want to Keep Carlisle Clean but need the support of our local residents. We need communities and businesses to work alongside us to tackle litter, fly-tipping, dog fouling and other anti-social behaviour. No community should have to put up with streets and green spaces polluted with dog fouling. Not only is it a health hazard, it is also an unsightly mess.

Cllr Chris Southward, Portfolio holder for Environment and Transport

Some enviro-crimes include:

  • Not cleaning up after your dog has fouled: if caught, prosecution could result in a fine of up to £1,000. Bag and bin the waste responsibly. Dog waste is associated with a number of diseases including toxocariasis. Toxocara is a roundworm commonly found in dogs and almost all puppies. Eggs from the roundworm are found in dog waste and can pose a health risk if they come in contact with the mouth, particularly with small children. The parasite can cause stomach upsets and in some cases, blindness.

  • Fly-tipping: it is illegal and offenders can receive a fixed penalty fine of up £400. Before paying for waste to be taken away, check its being disposed of the right way. If they dump the waste, you could face an unlimited fine and a prosecution through the courts. You can recycle your waste using household waste recycling centres or arrange a bulky waste collection by visitingthe city council's website.

  • Dropping litter: dropping even a cigarette butt could lead to a fine of up to £2,500.

Enviro-crimes can be reported by emailing Carlisle City Council at customerservices@carlisle.gov.uk or calling 01228 817200. As much detail as possible, including dates, times and locations will be needed.

Further information can be found on the 'Keep Carlisle Clean' page of the city council's website.