Litter wardens will soon be patrolling the streets of Hull.
A contract to issue £100 fixed penalty notices to those caught dropping litter has been awarded to Local Authority Support Ltd by Hull City Council.
The fine will be reduced to £80 if paid within seven days.
A Hull City Council decision record was issued today for the company to deliver environmental crime enforcement from December 2019.
A public vote in 2017 found 89 per cent of respondents in Hull were in favour of litter enforcement.
Councillor Anita Harrison, portfolio holder for Streetscene services, said: “Littering is unacceptable. It is an anti-social behaviour that blights our city and by taking a tough stance on enforcement, we can deter potential offenders.”
The focus of the litter enforcement activity will be in the city centre. However staff will be required to spend a minimum of 25 per cent of all enforcement activity outside of the city centre.
Fixed penalty notices will only be issued to adults over the age of 18. It is estimated that between 5,000 and 7,000 fines will be issued in one year, with any revenue being reinvested into environmental services.
The local authority spends more than £2 million on street cleaning, fly-tip removal and litter bin emptying every year, collecting more than 4,000 tonnes of rubbish in the process.