New wardens will tackle the Capital's litter bugs

A new team of environmental wardens are to patrol Edinburgh's littering hot spots in a bid to clean up the streets.

The Edinburgh Warden team of 12 new recruits start work this week with dog fouling, trade waste, smoking litter and fast food litter being their priorities.

It will be their job to change the behaviour of litter bugs and to improve the cleanliness of the city through enforcement, issuing Fixed Penalty Notices to anyone seen breaking littering laws.

They will complement the hard work already being done by existing environmental wardens to keep the streets as clean as possible by making sure that people know that they are responsible for disposing of their own rubbish properly.

The Edinburgh Warden team will work shifts between 6am and 2am, outwith normal working hours, at times when complaints are made about dog fouling and littering.

Transport and Environment Convener Councillor Lesley Hinds said: "Environmental wardens already do a really good job, sometimes under difficult circumstances and this new team will provide extra support.

"Dog fouling and littering are not acceptable to the vast majority of responsible residents in Edinburgh. We will take the strongest possible action against those persistent offenders who insist on spoiling the beauty of our city.

"It is important to get the message across that leaving dog mess on the pavement or in a park early in the morning is not acceptable, nor is chucking away a cigarette butt or chip wrapper after a night out."

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