Police Started Issuing Fines to Residents Caught Littering
Police started to issue fines of 50 yuan to 200 yuan from June until August to at least a hundred people who were caught littering on public streets in Dongmen. The fines came three months after Shenzhen implemented a new law that promoted civilized behavior which is said to be the first kind of law in China.
The law has listed ten public behaviors that are said to be uncivilized and people caught will be fined. The said behaviors ranges from littering in public, spitting, smoking in a non smoking area, failing to clean up after pets in public, damaging sanitation facilities and more. The fines were made public by the Dongmen law enforcement after the city legislature visited the densely populated area.
An average of 500,000 visitors comes to Dongmen a day and littering is one of the major problems seen. The recent enforcement of the new law has reduced that amount of garbage on the streets from six tons down to less than half a ton a day. Aside from the fines given for littering no other fines that are related to the civility law were given.
The city legislature have also asked local government departments that are related to the law to submit any plans that will assist in enforcing the law.