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‘Don’t trash our future’ launches national litter fines widget

Reach’s InYourArea platform will host the widget.

Littering is something that we have become very familiar with over the past couple of days.

As lockdown measures begin to relax, scenes of discarded plastics, nappies and beer bottles have become more prevalent, blemishing land and coastlines.

Reach’s ‘InYourArea’, the local news, information and community platform is launching a free new #Don’tTrashOurFuture litter fines widget which will identify the success and failures of councils issuing litter fines up and down the country. 

People can access the widget by visiting the #Don’tTrashOurFuture website and will show:

  • The number of fines that have been issued and paid over the last five years by each local council
  • The amount of money collected by authorities issuing fines
  • The amount of prosecutions made from dropping litter or waste.

Commenting on the launch, Ed Walker, editor-in-chief for InYourArea said: “The 'Don’t trash our future' fines widget builds on the campaign we started last year to deliver real change towards littering by local councils and members of the public. If you want more to be done, sign our petition!”

Jeremy Paxman, Clean Up Britain patron added: "This is a beautiful country. And we treat it as if it were a rubbish dump. For years, chucking litter has been a crime without punishment, because councils are so weak-knee-ed. You might as well put up a sign saying Huddersfield (or wherever) welcomes litter louts. Bring us your plastic bags, your sweet-wrappers, your Styrofoam burger boxes, your aluminium cans. We love living among them." 


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