The £340m-a-year cost of dealing with litter
Dropping litter in a public place is a criminal act and culprits can be fined under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act.
Fines vary between £50 and £80, but here in Bath and north east Somerset, the council hands out £75 on-the-spot penalties to anyone caught dropping litter.
This can be anything from a cigarette end or chewing gum, up to larger items of waste.
If the fine is not paid then the case can end up in a magistrates' court, where people can be ordered to pay up to £2,500.
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Dealing with litter costs local authorities across England around £340 million a year, and that is paid for by the taxpayer.
Council officers target litterbugs, fly tippers, graffiti artists and also householders and businesses that put rubbish out at the wrong times.
Proceeds from the fines are spent on improvement work, such as street cleaning.