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Crackdown on public littering in Switzerland

Basel, Switzerland.
Basel, Switzerland. Image by Forgemind ArchiMedia / CC BY 2.0

Swiss citizens in the region of Basel have backed a proposal to hand out fines of 1000 francs to anyone who leaves rubbish in a public space, in an effort to crackdown on littering. Federal MPs also want to introduce tougher penalties across the country for littering of items such as bottles, wrappers and cigarette butts, and have proposed fines of a minimum of 100 francs up to 300 francs. Police would be able to issue on-the-spot fines under the proposal. The federal government will fix the actual amount after a consultation period running up to the eighth of June. Read more: thelocal.ch