Presentation on theme: "Birmingham’s Litter Summit 2014 Why did we hold the Summit? – National cost of clearing 30 million tonnes of discarded litter is £1 billion every year."— Presentation transcript:
Birmingham’s Litter Summit 2014 Why did we hold the Summit? – National cost of clearing 30 million tonnes of discarded litter is £1 billion every year. Birmingham’s cost is over £23 million which is the same as 800 teachers salaries. Who attended? – Representatives and speakers from: – local schools; leading local food businesses; – residents groups, BIDs & Town Centre Partnerships; – Police; RSLs; Police and Crime Commissioner; – Tidy Britain Group; and press and media; – key council departments from Birmingham & wider West Midlands. The aims of the summit? – To raise awareness of the cost, social and environmental impact of dropping litter in Birmingham. – To influence responsible behaviours and reduce the amount of litter dropped on the streets of Birmingham. – To reduce the cost for society to clean up litter. What has been achieved at the launch? – Big John’s and JD Wetherspoons signed up to Birmingham’s Voluntary Agreement to control street litter. – 31 actions to help control litter pledged at the Summit by the attendees.
Examples of Litter Summit Pledges Big John’s and JD Wetherspoon’s adopt Birmingham’s Voluntary Agreement to control street litter Birmingham City Centre Partnership to champion the street litter control voluntary agreement in the city centre Colemore BID Safe and Sound cttee to review street litter control Kings Heath BID are employing a street cleaner in 2014/15 and will be actively encouraging good recycling behaviour among businesses Subway to ensure store auditors focus monthly visits on ‘outside areas’ and litter; and to encourage franchisees to use “dine in” in-store to reduce litter and packaging Fixed penalty notice enforcement officers two being tasked to focus on top ten fast-food outlet litter locations– food outlets on Dudley Road will be start Local Housing Teams to continue to develop work with local volunteer groups and young people forlitter in the local neighbourhoods Ladywood District to open our Better Environmental Group to social landlords and local businesses and focus on litter Police & Community Safety all neighbourhood police sergeants to have litter & rubbish on neighbourhood tasking meeting agenda
Litter Enforcement Patrols Litter enforcement patrols carried out across the City. [All wards covered and hot-spots targeted using intelligence provided from the Districts, businesses and BCC Officers]. From March 2014 dedicated litter Enforcement Officer numbers increased from 3 to 5 with a 60% increase in the number of patrol hours each week. To date, (2014), 1,692 fixed penalty notices have been issued. [Littering is a criminal offence and in March 2014 the FPN level was raised to £80 with no early re-payment discount. Payment of FPN discharges the offenders liability to a maximum fine of £2,500 and a criminal conviction]. Over 70% of offenders pay the fixed penalty amount rather than risk a criminal conviction and only a handful of repeat offenders have been encountered. [To date 344 offenders received criminal convictions and court fines & costs averaging £303 per conviction]. Over 53% of fixed penalties are issued to offenders who live outside of Birmingham Enforcement patrols are uniformed and around 40% are Police supported. [8 police arrests were made for public order offences or refusal to give identification details during litter encounters. ‘Joint patrols’ add significantly to community safety and reassurance; examples of matters dealt with include: dealing with a by-standers who took ill in the street; a lost child, street robberies, and the illegal use of drugs in a public area].
Street Litter Control Notice ENFORCEMENT…. Prescribed businesses whose customers directly or indirectly generate litter are being surveyed and targeted to encourage them to prevent street litter. When persuasion won’t work, businesses are being served with legal notices o Non-compliance will result in a £110 fixed penalty fine or potential criminal prosecution [up to £2,500]. SUPPORTING COMPLIANCE…. Birmingham has launched a Voluntary Agreement. – Prescribed businesses can work to a code of conduct to avoid litter problems and enforcement action. Research shows that branded litter has a negative impact on brand image/business reputation. Enforcement action against 3 fast-food businesses results in significant reduction in street litter (example from Bordesley Green): Businesses work together and employ a litter clearer