New proposals set to curb fast-food littering

Fast-food outlets and customers will be encouraged to clean up their act under voluntary proposals published today by the government.

Fast food operators, local authorities, major land owners, enforcement agencies and other interested parties have until 30 January 2004 to contribute their views on the proposed Voluntary Code of Best Environmental Practice for the fast food industry.

Speaking at the launch in London's Leicester Square Local Environmental Quality Minister Alun Michael said: "There is clear evidence that fast food littering is on the increase. The problem starts if any of us says 'If other people don't care why should I care?', and that applies to both individuals and to the industry.

"The Code will be good news for the public, fast food operators and local authorities. Ultimately its aim is to make public spaces cleaner and safer to visit, live in and work in."

The draft Code has been designed to enable fast food operators, together with local authorities, to reduce litter and waste without significant extra cost to the industry.

Recent research has found there had been an increase of 12% over the last year in incidents of fast food litter. Research shows that this type of litter has also become more widespread.


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