You wouldn’t litter your home, so why litter your city?
All towns and cities up and down the country have a litter problem, and in Newcastle we spent £2.2m last year picking up 7,000 tonnes of the stuff.
We know you hate litter as much as we do. Not only does it make our city look shabby, it also damages the environment and the £2.2m we spent last year could have been spent on planting 5,000 trees, filling 40,000 pot holes or supporting 100 looked after children in foster care placements.
We want everyone to be proud of this city and show this by looking after it, and we’ll also be doing more work over the next few months to clean up the city’s ‘hotspot’ - areas that suffer from the worst levels of littering and fly-tipping.
Doing your bit
We know most people are proud of their neighbourhoods and their city and are doing lots of great things to keep Newcastle clean. There are 110 groups across Newcastle who help to look after the city by taking part in their own clean-up activity. We’ve got lots of
We’ve got lots of advice on how you can do this here
Some upcoming clean-up events:
- On Friday 22 March we will joining the Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean.
You can organise your own clean-up and pledge your support by doing things as you go about your everyday life, for example picking up litter whilst taking your dog for a walk. Visit the website for more information.
- In early summer we would also like everyone to join us in a Newcastle-wide clean-up across the city to show that your city is without doubt your home.
We’ll be giving you more detail in the next few weeks and months about this, but why not start to think about what you are your community can do as part of this?
Don’t mess up our future
Our message is clear. Don’t mess our city up for present and future generations. If you do, you’ll pay.
We will not put up with people messing up our city and know that you don’t want us to either.
If you are caught littering, and this includes dropping cigarette ends and chewing gum, you will get a fixed penalty notice (FPN) £75, although the maximum fine is £2,500. Last year (2017/18) we issued 3182 FPNs.
In 2018 it issued 5,025 fixed penalty notices for dropping litter – up 77 per cent on the previous year. Prosecutions were 758 – 84 per cent higher than in 2017.