DROPPING litter costs more from this month as, from April 1, the penalties for littering rose from £50 to £80, and for fly-tipping from £50 to £200.
And those who ignore fixed penalty notices could be prosecuted and risk a fine of up to £2500.
“There is no excuse for littering,” said a spokesman for South Lanarkshire Council. “It damages our environment, reduces our quality of life and is a criminal offence.”
Litter includes everything from cigarette ends, drinks cans and bottles, crisp packets, takeaway food packaging and chewing gum to apple cores and banana skins.
The council offers a free uplift service all year round for garden waste and one free uplift per household for bulky items. Anyone wishing to arrange an uplift should contact the council on 0303 123 1020.
Bulky items can also be disposed of free of charge at any of the council’s six civic amenity centres; the Clydesdale site is in Castlehill Industrial Estate, Carluke.
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