Ystradgynlais litter lout fined
10 February 2020
Throwing a coffee cup from their vehicle has cost an Ystradgynlais resident £75 after they were sanctioned for the offence of 'littering' by Powys County Council.
The offence was spotted on the A4067 near Pen Y Cae in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Along with the witness statement and photographic evidence, the perpetrator was traced via the DVLA's database and subsequently issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice.
Cllr Heulwen Hulme, Cabinet Member for Recycling and Waste, said: "Our national parks are an idyllic, beautiful part of our county, renowned for their exceptional environmental qualities and attracting tourism.
"Roadside litter can be a real blight on our countryside which not only impacts on the beauty of our local communities, but also has devastating effects on our environment and wildlife. Clearing up after irresponsible litterers is also costly and a dangerous job on these busy roads.
"It is a criminal offence under Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to drop, throw or otherwise deposit, litter, and I am pleased that the council has acted appropriately by issuing this fine. I know most residents feel strongly about this problem and they will be reassured that this action encourages more people to take their rubbish home with them and throw it away, or recycle it, properly."