Owners can now be fined £75 if litter is dropped from their vehicle in Wealden – and the district council is asking for help in spotting culprits.
New powers mean a vehicle owner can be fined without the council needing to know who threw out the litter.
So, if you see litter being tossed out, the council’s street scene team would like to hear from you.
Call 01892 602735 with details of where and when the offence occurred, what was deposited and the registration and details of the vehicle involved.
Cllr Ann Newton, the council’s cabinet member with responsibility for landscape protection said: “For too long drivers and passengers travelling through the district have thrown litter out of vehicles, thinking they can speed out of reach. Not any more.
“We will be making full use of new powers strengthening the Environmental Protection Act to bring the culprits to justice and make them pay for the environmental damage they do.
“The new regulations allow local councils to fine the registered keeper of the vehicle if litter is thrown from it.”
Cllr Newton said much of the district had benefited from litter picking efforts of communities taking part in the Great Wealden Spring Clean last month and the council wanted to keep the district looking good.
Up until now, Wealden has had to prove the identity of the person depositing and leaving litter and says this is almost impossible in a moving vehicle.
The new powers were previously only available to councils in London and are being welcomed as a positive deterrent to the issue of litter on the roadsides of Wealden.
The council says: “Don’t forget – if you see litter thrown from a vehicle travelling through Wealden email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 01892 602735.”