Report the 'Tosser'

Interesting Facts from Keep Britain Tidy:

  • 50% of motorists notice car litter at the roadside.
  • 86% of people have witnessed vehicle littering.
  • 74% of the public think that it is the job of the local authorities to persuade people to change their behaviour and stop throwing litter.
  • 73% of people said they would feel guilty for dropping litter on the street.
  • Street cleaning alone costs us the taxpayer almost £1 billion a year in the UK alone.
  • Tossing litter from a vehicle is not socially acceptable and harmful to our environment.
  • Penalties that come with car litter offences include a £75 Fixed Penalty Notice up to prosecution in court with fines up to £2,500 + costs and a criminal record - under the Environmental Protection Act Section 87 & 88
  • This year we are likely to spend around £1.331m on keeping each local district clean and tidy - that's around £21 per household.

Remember - Council tax payers have to pay for tackling all damage caused by litter and for its clearance. By all working together to clear up litter, we can not only keep our District tidier but also cut down the cost to our local Councils and ultimately us the tax payer.

Our Council's constantly receive feedback from their residents about the cleanliness of the District in which people live and work. Clearly residents are keen for more to be done to tackle the problem of litter, especially when thrown from a vehicle.

The majority of residents do not drop litter and of course we welcome and encourage their help in keeping local neighbourhoods clean and tidy for our friends and family as well as ourselves. However, there are a small minority who do drop litter indiscriminately, most of the time even without thought, so the 'Don't be a Tosser' campaign puts peer pressure on these individuals to clean up their act.

Our councils have undertaken many programmes to try and make our environment cleaner and greener. These include taking the anti-litter message to different target audiences e.g. schools, volunteers, businesses such as fast food, betting shops and public houses. At some point we have to address the 'hard-core litterers' - people who habitually throw litter from vehicle windows. For this reason, RegApp wants to encourage its users to participate by sending only a polite message to the registration plate of the offender, at best you may receive an apology and at worst collectively you will be part of creating awareness amongst offenders that they are being watched..

Let's all do our bit to keep the place in which we live up to the standards for which we chose to live there in the first place.

So go on, send a message to the number plate of a 'Tosser' today