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The Environment Minister is planning to increase the fine for those who are caught throwing littering.

Denis Naughten says the on-the-spot fine is going to increase from €150 to €250 for anyone who is caught.

It comes as new figures released by the Government show that cigarettes account for more than half of littering on Irish streets.

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The 2017 National Litter Pollution Report shows cigarettes make up 56% of litter in our towns and communities.

The second largest litter component - packaging items such as cardboard, paper, bottles and caps, glass and cans - accounts for 17% of litter.

Food-related litter - including chewing gum - is the third most common litter source.

Pedestrians are the main cause of litter at 42%, followed by passing motorists at 19% and retail outlets at 10%.

The report also shows that 15.6% of areas surveyed were litter free - the second highest level ever achieved, and up 2.4% compared to the 2016 results.

The percentages of both moderately and significantly polluted areas have decreased slightly.

Speaking about the report, Environment Minister Denis Naughten said the results are encouraging - but more work needs to be done.

He observed: "Each of us has personal responsibility and a role to play in keeping the towns, villages and cities we live in litter free. Smokers in particular can bring about a significant improvement in the litter situation through relatively minor behavioural changes."

He added: "Cigarette butts are still a continuing form of litter that needs to be addressed.

"Because of that now we're going to increase the on-the-spot litter fine from €150 to €250 for someone caught throwing litter on the ground."


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