Council environmental enforcement officers have issued a fixed penalty notice for dropping litter to a woman at Dafen Pond. Officers were on patrol in the area at the time the woman had dropped a cigarette end.
Failure to pay the £75 fine could lead to prosecution in court and a bigger fine of up to £2,500.
Keep Wales Tidy said, "Many people do not regard cigarette ends as litter and it is wrongly believed that they are biodegradable. In fact, cigarette ends are made from cellulose acetate which can take up to twelve years to break down. They also contaminate water supplies because they contain toxic chemicals, such as cadmium, lead and zinc which leach into the soil and waterways when the butts break down."
"Litter from smoking looks unpleasant and is difficult to clean up. The ends fall into grates and cracks which makes them almost impossible to remove by normal cleaning and makes it costly to clean up. When there are no designated cigarette bins, you can always stub out your fag (making sure that it’s extinguished, of course!) and put it in a normal bin."
Executive Board Member for Environmental and Public Protection Cllr Jim Jones said:
“I hope these fines will help to deter offenders. Our enforcement officers carry out regular patrols and we will not hesitate to fine anyone we see dropping litter.”
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