Smokers discarding cigarette-butts away in the grounds of Llandough and Heath hospitals are being given on-the-spot fines of £80 a time as part of a renewed drive to reduce hospital litter.
The Fixed Penalty Notices are being issued following the UHB’s decision to renew its contract with City of Cardiff Council, allowing what are called “Waste Education and Enforcement Officers” on the sites.
Anyone dropping litter on the grounds (both inside and out) can be penalised under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The University Health Board is promoting the initiative to support its No Smoking Policy, which forbids smoking on all of its sites.
Reception Manager at the Heath Suzy Collins says “Cigarette butts make the hospital look unclean and the smoke that gets into the Emergency Unit can be sickening. Hopefully this will deter people from smoking outside the entrance.”
It’s not known if any those fined to date are NHS employees.