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Smoker who threw cigarette butt down drain ordered to pay £100 fine
A woman has been prosecuted and fined after dropping a cigarette butt down a drain in Watford town centre.
Georgie Stanley, from Hillingdon, was issued with a fine for littering after throwing the spent cigarette end down into a drain, but did not pay it.
Because she ignored reminders about the fine, she was summoned to appear at Watford Magistrates Court on Monday, March 11.
After failing to appear in court, and with the case heard in her absence, Ms Stanley was fined £100 with costs of £250 and a victim surcharge of £15.
Part of the ‘Love Watford Hate Litter’ campaign is a zero tolerance for littering, and anyone caught dropping litter, including chewing gum, cigarettes and food, will be given a £75 fine.
Cigarette litter is difficult to clean up as the small filters can fall into grates and cracks in the pavement. It can leak toxins into the water and is also a fire hazard.
They are made of cellulose acetate, which like other forms of plastic, takes a long time to decompose.
It costs an estimated £885 million a year to clean up the 200 million cigarette butts thrown away every day by UK smokers.