This warrant card gives its holder the authority to ask litterbugs to pick up and bin their rubbish, and if offenders refuse to do so, the card-carrying volunteer can take down their particulars.
It shows members of the public that these community volunteers mean business even though they are dressed in plain clothes.
The information gathered is sent to the National Environment Agency, which investigates the cases before prosecuting offenders for littering.
Just like NEA officers, volunteers are protected under the Environmental Public Health Act when they carry out their duties. So, offenders who refuse to comply can be charged with obstruction of duties.
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