Environment minster Therese Coffey has said that 25 of the 36 commitments made in the Government’s Litter Strategy are either complete or in progress, and a new campaign will encourage further action.
In a joint annual report on the strategy’s first year, Defra, the Department for Transport and the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government said they hoped to “deliver a substantial reduction in litter and littering within a generation”.
Coffey said the main focus of her work this year would be “the launch of the new national anti-litter campaign and increasing the standards of cleaning, particularly along our roads”.
Work to assess the volume of litter on trunk roads was hampered by bad weather last winter, but Highways England has removed more than 10,000 bags of litter from the 25 hotspots and increased its engagement with councils on dealing with litter.
A section on fly-tipping noted that Defra has consulted on introducing fixed penalty notices of up to £400 for householders who fail to ensure they pass waste to a person authorised to take it. The Government will encourage this by issuing updated guidance for householders to ensure their waste is disposed of correctly.