Ballymoney and Moyle’s litter bugs total eleven

Ballymoney Borough Council issued just four litter tickets latest figures issued have revealed. And in Moyle there were seven fines imposed.

Fines issued for littering have risen by 15% since tougher penalties aimed at tackling rubbish on Northern Ireland’s streets came into force.

However, there continues to be a wide disparity in how councils are dealing with the problem.

Other figures show that cleaning NI’s streets costs about £40m each year.

Latest figures reveal 3,742 fixed penalty notices were issued by the 26 local councils in the 12 months to April this year.

That works out at around 10 fines handed out every day across Northern Ireland. In 2011/12 3,268 fines were issued by local councils.

The rise follows the implementation of the Clean Neighbourhoods Act in April 2012, which gave councils new powers to deal with litter.

Councils can now hand out more on-the-spot fines while nuisance parking, graffiti and fly-posting can attract an £80 fine.