Firm hands out fines in bid to keep Swansea's streets clean
A PRIVATE company will start handing out fines to litter louts and people who fail to pick up after their dogs next month.
An external team of litter enforcement officers has been tasked with patrolling the city and county by Swansea Council.
The cost of using the local government enforcement company — 3GS — will be covered by the £75 fines handed out.
June Burtonshaw, Swansea Council's cabinet member for place, said: "Our latest initiative will aim to tackle litter louts head on.
"We plan to carry out much more enforcement and hopefully this will send out the message to everyone that we will not tolerate littering.
"Dog fouling is something that the public has told us they want us to deal with and we will be focussing much of our effort on those people who do not clean up after their pets."
The crackdown is part of a new initiative to deal with litter and dog fouling problems.
The plans include the introduction of two additional litter collection teams and extra dog mess bins have also been purchased to help boost the number of bins in Castle, Penderry and Townhill wards.
Every year, cleaning up litter, including fly tipping and dog fouling, costs the council around £2.7 million.
Approximately £500,000 of that cost is spent in the city centre alone.
In June and July this year, 43 fixed penalty notices were handed out to members of the public.
The council also succeeded in prosecuting three people in Swansea who had failed to pay fixed penalty notices issued for dropping litter and dog fouling.
Mrs Burtonshaw added: "We are serious about cleaning up the city and we want residents to play their part and help us keep Swansea clean and tidy."