LITTERBUGS in Havant have been warned they will pay the price if they are caught.
In the past two weeks council officers have issued £75 fines to 11 people in the Greywell and Park Parade area of Leigh Park.
Havant Borough Council has always had powers to issue fines under Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 which makes it an offence to drop or leave litter in any public place.
But there is now a drive to clean up the streets to stop people dropping rubbish, including cigarette butts, and those who do not pick up after their dogs.
Councillor David Collins, who is in charge of environmental and neighbourhood quality, said residents have raised concerns about litter to their local ward councillors, particularly in Leigh Park and Havant town centres.
He added: ‘These latest figures show that the council is adopting a zero-tolerance approach on the issue of littering, something which causes a major blight on the borough’s streets and public spaces.
‘Littering is completely unnecessary and it is a real shame to see the terrible impact that a few selfish people can have.
‘Littering can include anything from dropping a cigarette butt to fast food wrappers and it will not be tolerated any longer.
‘The council provides litter bins and dog fouling bins throughout the borough and these are emptied and cleaned on a routine basis.
‘If anyone discovers a full bin we would ask them to find alternative facilities and report the location of the full bin to us.
‘We would discourage people from leaving bags of rubbish next to already full bins as this only causes more mess and attracts the likes of gulls and pigeons.’
Environment rangers from Havant Borough Council and accredited community support officers from Hampshire County Council are responsible for issuing the fines. The £75 fine is reduced to £50 if paid within a set time.
The council said it will continue its programme of educating people not to drop litter in the first place.
Anyone wishing to report a full bin should contact Customer Services on (023) 9244 6019 or email email@example.com.