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Businesses face responsibility for litter around offices

Litter created by staff outside their workplaces could become the responsibility of their employers under new Government proposals.

The proposals widen the range of premises that will face Street Litter Control Notices to include all types of eating and drinking venues and office buildings.

This means local authorities would have the power to require occupiers or owners to clear up litter around their premises, including any created by their customers, and to install disposal facilities or risk fixed penalty notices of up to £110.

Individuals already face £80 fixed penalty notices for littering but the new proposals plan to extend corporate responsibility alongside it. Discarded cigarette ends would also be subject to the extended power after specifically being classified as litter under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.

Consultation on the proposals closes on May 8 and can be found online at:



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