More than 500 fines have been issued to those who choose to litter or leave their dog’s mess in North East Lincolnshire.
North East Lincolnshire Council started working with Doncaster Council to introduce private patrols for litter and dog fouling in November 2018.
Since then, a total of 513 fines have been issued to people – 11 for dog fouling, 16 for litter from vehicles and the remaining 486 for litter being dropped.
In January alone, 253 fines were issued for litter and dog fouling in the borough.
Councillor David Bolton, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities, said: “We’re doing this because people want us to take a tougher stance on litter and dog fouling.
“The council held an extensive waste survey last year where people told us they wanted to see more enforcement against people who are messing up the borough.
“When asked if they’d support a more robust, zero tolerance approach – meaning a fine if you were caught – 87 per cent of 2,955 respondents said they would.”
Councillor Steve Beasant, chairman of the overview and scrutiny committee, added: “We are working hard to create a cleaner North East Lincolnshire – somewhere that we can all be proud of.
“Cracking down on environmental crimes is one way of doing this, and these patrols show that we are serious about this.”