Manchester Labour has announced plans to crack down on fly tipping and littering across the city of Manchester in response to the rising number of litter offences.
Those caught littering and fly tipping in the streets of Manchester will be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £150, which is a £50 increase from the original fines. There will be a £30 discount if the fine is paid within 10 working days.
Manchester City Council and partners, such as Keep Britain Tidy, have been working to proactively change behaviour across the city and will continue to do so, whilst punishing those who seek to disrespect our streets.
Manchester Labour pledged to make an investment in tackling street litter and fly tipping across our city. We have seen an investment of £250,000 for 50 Big Belly Bins in the city, which has increased capacity for waste exponentially.
Jon-Connor Lyons, Piccadilly Labour Councillor and city centre campaigner, said “There is no excuse to litter on our streets. There are over 700 bins in the city centre and Biffa operatives work around the clock to keep our city clean. The increase in fines is welcomed and I thank the Executive member for Neighbourhoods for working to deliver yet another Labour 2019 Manifesto pledge to make littering a socially unacceptable behaviour. The fight for a cleaner city centre continues.”
Rabnawaz Akbar, Labour Executive Councillor for Neighbourhoods in Manchester, said: “We, like many other major cities are not immune from littering problems, and this move was intended to create a greater deterrent against littering. As a result of the lockdown the city has been virtually deserted for months on end and as a consequence the city centre is cleaner than ever. We want this to continue. It is the ambition of the council for Manchester to become the UK’s first ‘Tidy City’ by the close of 2020 and we hope that with the momentum we have this goal can be achieved.”