Lonely Planet Writer

Italy cleans up its act: €300 for dropping cigarette butts

New ‘green economy’ laws just passed in Italy mean that the country will be clamping down on littering.

Italy clamps down on littering.
Italy clamps down on littering. Image by Jeff Easter / CC BY 2.0

Smokers can now be fined up to €300 for discarding their cigarette butts on the floor, and those who spit chewing gum onto the streets or discard their coffee receipts can be fined anything from €30 to €150. For their part, Italy’s councils will have to make sure that their streets and parks are equipped with enough ashtrays and bins. Read more: thelocal.it