Under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, local authorities can issue a fixed penalty notice, namely an on the spot fine of up to £80, to anyone caught dropping litter. Local authorities can bring prosecutions for non-payment of charges which can lead to a fine of up to £2,500 and a criminal record upon conviction.
Latest figures (April 2006-March 2007) on the number of fixed penalty notices issued show:
Number of fixed penalty notices issued for litter: 43,624
Total amount collected: £1,521,900.
The number of fines issued by local councils is collated under the broad heading of litter and not broken down to the different types of litter. The amount collected from fixed penalty notices for littering for the year 2006-07 (the most recent year for which figures are available) is £1,521,900.