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Environmental Enforcement is working in the Wigan Borough
Wednesday 29th January, 2014

Wigan Council is taking a tough stance on smokers dropping cigarette butts – which accounts for more than 90 percent of environmental crime.

More than 1000 fixed penalties have been issued in relation to environmental crime since September last year. Wigan Council is urging the public to dispose of their litter responsibly.

Terry Dunn, director of the environment at Wigan Council, said: “Environmental crime is taken very seriously by the council and the courts. Residents and visitors need to dispose of their rubbish responsibly or risk getting a fine and ultimately a criminal record.

“Not only is it a crime to litter and dispose of cigarettes incorrectly, but as residents we should take pride in our wonderful Borough and keep it as clean and litter free as possible.”

Since last September, Wigan Council has been working in partnership with 3Gs who specialise in Environment Enforcement. Together they continue to work hard to clamp down on cigarette littering and other crimes involving the environment.

Councillor Kevin Anderson, Wigan Council cabinet member for the environment, said: “From fly tipping to cigarette litter, our environmental enforcement officers will continue to strive for an environmentally friendly borough. We hope that we see a reduction in the number of fines handed out due to an increase of environmentally responsible residents.”

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