No matter how seemingly small the offence, it appears that no waste cheat in the UK is safe from the gaze of the Environment Agency (EA).
While it may seem simple and inconspicuous to dispose of waste through a car window on to a stretch of country road, a man in Marks Tey, Essex was hit with a £100 fine and £80 costs after throwing chip paper out of his car window.
Kevin Paul Doe of Chelmsford was spotted by EA officers committing the offence and was initially hit with a £50 fine, which he failed to pay.
An EA officer said: “Members of the public should be aware that littering is an anti-social crime that won’t be tolerated. We all need to make an effort to keep our local environment and neighbourhoods clean.
“Under the regulations, officers have the ability to write on the spot fixed penalty notices for littering. There are growing numbers of people in the community with these powers and they are always on the look out for people who drop rubbish.”
The EA officers work in conjunction with local councils to help enforce legislation regarding littering.
Doe was issued the notice under section 88 of the EA Protection Act 1990 by an authorised Street Care Officer for Colchester Borough Council.