Doorstep litter complaints on the rise
Complaints from residents in North Lincolnshire about litter being dumped on their doorsteps are on the increase.
Between the start of the year and September 24, a total of 112 complaints were received, compared with 104 for the whole of last year.
But the council litter-busters insist they are keeping on top of the job.
Last year, 19 litter louts were issued with £80 on-the-spot fines and nine people were taken to court.
So far this year eight people have been fined and five taken to court.
A council spokesman said: "The authority has a zero tolerance towards littering and can issue fines to anyone aged ove the age of 10 years found offending.
"We pick up around 100 bags of litter every day from the streets of North Lincolnshire. If people stopped dropping litter the money could be spent on other more worthwhile things."
North Lincolnshire is one of the few local authorities in the region which employs a specialised education representative who organises groups known as Litter Busters in schools and the community.
The spokesman stressed: "Litter is everybody's responsibility - not just the council's.
"Everyone needs to do their bit and dispose of their rubbish properly by putting it in the bin."
People caught dropping litter on the streets can have their fines reduced to £50 if they pay up within 10 days.
For further details about projects to clear rubbish from the streets, call 01724 297000 for further details.