No butts about getting tough on smoking litter

A total of sixteen fixed penalty notices were issued in a four day period last week, as East Ayrshire Council cracked down on smoking litter.


Corporate Enforcement Officers patrolled Kilmarnock and Cumnock, looking to stub out the actions of those who think littering is acceptable. Additional patrols were held in Stewarton, New Cumnock and Dalmellington.


Areas of high footfall including the bus stations and taxi ranks were targeted, following complaints from the public about the amount of smoking litter being thrown onto the street.


The high visibility patrols included colleagues from a range of Council Services, supported by the police and the CCTV service.


Paul Todd, East Ayrshire Council’s Regulatory Services Manager said: “Litter is one of the biggest sources of complaints we receive and there’s no excuse for not disposing of your papers and cigarette butts in bins provided.


“Every year we spend tens of thousands of pounds cleaning up after individuals who think it acceptable to drop their litter in the street.


“These patrols are an excellent way of getting people to think about their habit and, for sixteen people at least, it’s been an expensive lesson to learn.”


Further patrols are planned for different areas in East Ayrshire, so the message is clear – put your litter in the bin and make no butts about it!


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