Avoid being on the council’s naughty list this Christmas

Getting the message out loud and clear: Ryan Johnston (left), Newtownabbey Council's Senior Enforcement Officer, and Stephen Stewart, Enforcement Officer. INNT 50-531CON
Getting the message out loud and clear: Ryan Johnston (left), Newtownabbey Council's Senior Enforcement Officer, and Stephen Stewart, Enforcement Officer. INNT 50-531CON

With the festive season well and truly under way, Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Environmental Health team are appealing to local people not to be on Santa’s naughty list this Christmas and make sure they don’t drop litter.

Ryan Johnston, Senior Enforcement Officer explains: “The Christmas party season is a time when litter offences in our borough dramatically increase, with many of the borough’s streets and car parks strewn with litter each night. The problem is particularly prevalent outside take-aways with food packaging and cigarette butts. We want to remind people that this is an offence and we will be stepping up our patrols in priority areas over the next few weeks.”

In addition, footage from the council’s CCTV cameras is being used to identify those who throw litter from vehicles throughout the borough. CCTV footage allows the local authority to identify both the vehicles and individuals responsible using powers under The Litter (Northern Ireland) Order 1994 and issue £50 fixed penalty notices.

People are being urged to report offenders to the Environmental Health Department by telephoning 9034 0160 or by emailing information about the locations and times offences are being committed to envhealth@newtownabbey.gov.uk

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