North Norfolk’s new weapon in war on litter - postcards

13:40 19 October 2012

North Norfolk District Council is getting tough on sights like this.

North Norfolk District Council is getting tough on sights like this.

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2012

Thousands of “wish it wasn’t here” postcards are the latest unlikely weapon in the war to defeat north Norfolk litterbugs.

The postcards are being given to householders, businesses and town and parish councils to help environmental police to pinpoint problem areas.

People who are fed up with offenders dropping litter or failing to clean up after their dogs can post the cards to North Norfolk District Council – and wait for the officers to drop in and deal with it.

Although north Norfolk is one of the cleanest districts in Norfolk, litter still makes plenty of places unsightly – and sparks anger.

The postcards will feature images of waste including bottles, cans and cigarette butts – which people do not always consider to be litter.

Mark Whitmore, environmental protection team leader at NNDC, said the aim was to “empower” people to make a difference to “problem areas”.

He said: “The district is pretty clean. We want to keep it that way. We’ve been doing quite a lot over the last few years and this is another logical step forward.

“We want to focus on areas that are bad, where there’s a lot of dog fouling or litter. It gives people a chance to send a postcard and invite us to come and have a look.”

The cigarette postcard is captioned “This is litter too”. Over the past year the NNDC environmental protection team has issued more fines for cigarette litter than any other type.

Mr Whitmore said there were a number of other methods to track down and deal with offenders.

“For a couple of years we’ve been patrolling areas and talking to people, which has worked well for littering. Officers from the environmental protection team go out in high-visibility T-shirts.

“If talking to and trying to encourage people doesn’t make a difference we can put up hotspot signs and even put in temporary CCTV so that people can see what we are doing.

“We also offer a chance to pay an £80 fixed penalty notice. You don’t need too many people to drop litter or not clear up after their dog for it to become an issue.”


  • Do the postcards have free postage? You can "wait for the officers to deal with it..." And wait and wait. How many officers do they have to deal with all the the litter there is dropped? Also NNDC still permit people to hold balloon releases which litter beaches. Show us you are really serious about litter and ban balloon releases now.

    balloon on beach

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    Nat Bocking

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

  • What a joke and gimmick. Us walkers have pointed out to NNDC fields where junk is being dumped by landowners next to our footpaths. And what do they do? Sweet fanny adams

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    Saturday, October 20, 2012

  • The Fixmystreet website is a good place to report flytipping, potholes broken street lights-they then contact the relevant council department. Whether they do anything is another matter, especially if the site falls in a grey area of responsibility between district and county councils-I reported a heap of traveller left tree prunings and other dross and it stayed there for years until rotted down and over grown. Landowners are more often sinned against than sinners, and have to bear the cost of removal of fly tipping on their land unless the council is feeling helpful. When this involves material such as old tyres, paint or worse, asbestos, it is no joke.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • At the Litter Prevention Program we teach people not to litter. We also offer our website as a free resource, all about litter and littering, a site for everyone whether you litter or not! Visit our News Reel regularly for the latest news, tools, tips and resources.

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    Monday, October 22, 2012

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