Canterbury Council take action on vehicle littering

Canterbury Council take action on the recently legislated act for fining vehicle owners when caught on camera for littering.

Canterbury Council Ben Fitter-Harding.
Above: Canterbury Council Ben Fitter-Harding.

According to Councillor Ben Fitter-Harding, littering will always be a problem, he said: “People seem to think that it is acceptable now to throw litter on the floor, thinking that someone else will come and clear it up. Almost like that’s normal.”

Attempting to put this legislation into action, the council now have mobile cameras that they hope to use on the roads to catch vehicles in the act.

In the next few weeks, the council hopes to find some hotspots to use their camera equipment, Cllr Fitter-Harding said: “It happens mostly as you leave the city and go into the more rural roads.

“That’s where people have finished their big macs and it goes out of the window. So we will try that and see if we can catch some people.”

Listen to Cllr Ben Fitter-Harding explaining the disadvantages of this plan:



Litter on Canterbury roads.
Above: Litter on Canterbury roads.

The council is planning to make some future changes to the litter in Canterbury, including putting the deposit returns schemes in place for plastic bottles and getting McDonald’s to print registration numbers onto their drive-through bags.


Cllr Fitter-Harding added: “There are some really good ideas, it just takes time to get companies to participate, and then we have to think about whether we need the government to legislate to make it happen!”