Swansea's crackdown on dog fouling and litter
A CRACKDOWN on litter and dog fouling across Swansea has started, after residents told the authority they wanted the problems tackled.
Swansea Council has tasked a new litter enforcement team to start patrolling the streets of the city in an attempt to clean it up. It has also brought in an external enforcement company — 3GS — to work alongside its own litter teams.
The new team will be handing out fixed penalty notices (FPN) to anyone caught throwing litter on the floor. The authority has also recruited two additional litter collection teams, as well as another enforcement officer.
Sixty extra dog mess bins have also been installed in target areas, including Castle, Penderry and Townhill.
The authority spends almost £3 million each year cleaning up litter, including fly tipping.
To help lower this cost and make the city look cleaner, the public is being urged to use litter bins to dispose of rubbish.
Those who don't dispose of their unwanted items correctly — which includes everything from chewing gum to cigarette ends — will receive a £75 fixed penalty notice.
Dog owners will also be handed with a penalty notice if they do not clean up after their pooch. The tough new measures are being introduced after residents said they wanted more to be done to deal with the problems.
June Burtonshaw, cabinet member for place, said: "Residents have told us they want us to tackle litter and dog fouling.
"Litter costs the council almost £3 million a year to clean up and dog fouling blights our communities.
"Bringing in an external company to help us tackle litter louts will send out a clear message that we are serious about litter.
"Investment in new bins will give residents the opportunity to help us keep their communities clean. If residents use litter bins and clean up after their pets then they won't need to worry."