The most commonly found litter is litter from smoking, drinks, sweets and crisps and fast food. Make sure you dispose of your waste in a bin. If litter is not picked up, it can take many years to decompose. Here are some examples of how long common types of litter would take to decompose:
Litter is also dangerous to people and animals:
There are Community Safety Officers employed across Dumfries and Galloway who regularly patrol our towns and villages, providing anti-littering advice and when the situation demands, they can also issue fixed penalty notices to those who carelessly discard litter. A £50 fixed penalty notice can be incurred by dropping litter in the street, and a fine set by a court for non payment could be as much as £2500.
The Council provide and maintain bins to prevent the dropping of litter in public places and arrange for the bins to be emptied on a regular basis. Litter and debris from ground managed by the Council is removed by DGFirst Neighbourhood Services.