MORE than sixty litter louts have been caught out as council bosses get tough on protecting the environment.
In figures revealed to the Mail through a Freedom of Information request, 68 people were given written warnings for litter offences by South Derbyshire District Council over a two-year period.
In that time seven fixed penalty notices have been issued, – two for offences in Hilton, two in Woodville and three in Swadlincote.
One statutory notice was issued for a litter-related incident in Swadlincote.
Matt Holford, environmental health manager at the district council, said: "Our approach to controlling litter in our neighbourhoods combines education with enforcement. It's about regular street cleaning, adequate provision of bins and encouraging communities to help maintain their own local environment.
"We operate a proactive street cleaning service for litter, based on the findings of surveys, and respond to any complaints. Both we and parish councils provide bins based on demand. We also give our support to exceptional residents who are motivated to organise litter-picks.
"Our enforcement work is carried out by our Safer Neighbourhood Wardens, who patrol parks and streets and investigate concerns raised. The wardens also work with local businesses to offer advice and if necessary to get them to take litter management responsibilities seriously.
"Any action the wardens take must be based on the strength of the evidence and the proportionality of the possible offence. Every case is different and we reach a decision based on the criteria in a published enforcement policy. We want the wardens to be seen as positive influences in our communities, approachable and helpful, but ready to use the law when appropriate."