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'Stiffer penalties needed' for litter droppers

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13:04 CEST+02:00
More people should receive fines for dropping litter. That appears to be the view of most Swedes, according to a new survey by pollsters Sifo.

Some 58 percent of those asked thought that Sweden's streets were less tidy now than 10 years ago. Older people were most critical, with older women most critical of all.

Some 61 percent of those asked maintained that they never throw litter on the streets or in the countryside. But 79 percent of men between 15 and 29 said that they drop litter occasionally.

The survey of 1,000 people was carried out by FTI, a company that collects packaging and newspapers from Sweden's recycling stations.

Around 150 people are fined in Sweden every year for dropping litter, according to FTI.

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