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Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council: Keep it clean and #DontBeATosser

People in the borough are being encouraged to keep it clean while out and about taking exercise or enjoying a takeaway drink or bite to eat this spring. As lockdown restrictions begin to ease over the spring and summer months Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is urging people to not toss their litter on the floor and to use the bins provided or take your litter home where they are not available. The council has around 2,500 litter bins in the borough and over 40 members of staff helping to keep the streets clean. Roadside verge clearances also take place several times a year but require road closures and contractors to carry out this work safely. Last year the borough launched the #DontBeATosser campaign putting up signage in key litter hot spots around the borough. Dropping litter is an offence and people can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75 if caught or prosecuted at a Magistrates’ Court. Dropping litter from a vehicle can see a person fined £150 or prosecuted. Leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Cllr Ken Rhatigan said: “The majority of our residents and visitors respect the beautiful area we live in and use the bins provided to dispose of their rubbish while outside or travelling. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and it is important to remind people that litter is not only unsightly but also very costly to clear and dangerous to wildlife. “Now the warmer weather is approaching and lockdown restrictions are easing, it is even more important that people are reminded not to drop litter and to respect the area in which we live and are proud of, or risk getting a fine and even prosecution.” Residents can report litter by visiting the council's website at www.basingstoke.gov.uk/report-litter Fiona Walters