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Last Updated: Wednesday November 30 2005 09:06 GMT

Litter bugs 'ignoring new laws'

People who refuse to stop dropping litter are ruining efforts to clean up Britain, campaigners have warned.

A survey by Keep Britain Tidy has found that lazy fast food fans, gum chewers and smokers are mainly to blame for littering the streets with rubbish.

Out of the 12,000 sites surveyed, more that 75% were strewn with cigarette butts, and food rubbish was up by 450% since the last survey in 2001.

However, there was some good news, with overall litter levels slightly lower.

New laws introduced in June mean litter bugs now face fines of at least 50 for dropping anything in the street, including chewing gum.

New laws

Cigarette butts on the street
Alan Woods, of Keep Britain Tidy said although big campaigns have got the message across to some people, others are still choosing to ignore the law.

"Fines and sanctions are clearly the only language these people understand and, if they refuse to ditch their dirty habits, that's exactly what they are going to get," said Mr Woods.

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