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  Fast food joints told to clean up
Updated 29 October 2003, 08.55
More needs to be done to clean up rubbish
Fast food restaurants are being asked to clean up the rubbish dropped by their customers, or face punishment.

The government want them to take more responsibility for their packaging when the food is finished with.

A new study says the amount of fast food rubbish is increasing, and with more people using drive-throughs, it's getting into the country as well.

It's thought the rise in the rubbish being left on our streets may be linked to an increase in rats too.

The study for Keep Britain Tidy found that fast food packaging on the streets has risen by 12% in the last year.

Fact File
Some of the ideas
Restaurants need to provide more bins
Will help clear up rubbish as far as three miles away
Only put rubbish out when collection is due, so it's not lying around for rats
The amount of half-eaten food on the streets has also jumped, by 7%, giving the rats lots to tuck into.

At the moment the government are only asking the restaurants - and burger vans too - to clean up.

But if they don't, then laws may be brought in to force them to sort themselves out.

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