A BLITZ on Huddersfield's litter louts is on the way.
Kirklees Council is celebrating the start of spring with a cleaning clampdown.
Throughout April extra efforts will be made to clear bulky waste from homes and gardens and dumped rubbish from wasteland.
Instant fines will be handed out to people dropping litter.
And council chiefs plan talks with shops and takeaways to persuade them to help.
The council also want members of the public to help by calling with reports of `grot spots' which need clearing up and to notify officers of people dumping rubbish illegally.
Clr David Payne, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: "These people not only make our area look a mess but they cost council tax payers a lot of money. When we have evidence, we will take legal action."
Council officers will join forces with the police to tackle the litter louts.
Sixteen more police community support officers, partly funded by the council, will be patrolling the streets in Kirklees issuing on-the-spot fines for dropping litter and dog fouling.
Police and council officers will also be working to remove abandoned vehicles more quickly.
Plans are in place to keep Kirklees clean once the blitz ends, with extra support for graffiti removal teams, fines enforcement teams and town centre shrub-bed maintenance.
Clr Mehboob Khan, Labour Group leader, said one area which needs a cleaning blitz is Park Drive, near Greenhead Park.
Residents have complained that people park on the street at lunchtime, eat food and throw the wrappers from the car window.
Clr Khan said: "Litter bins are nearby but are not used by the litter louts. These people enjoy the splendid view of the park and then spoil the street for everyone with their careless and criminal behaviour."
Clr Khan wants Kirklees Council officers to use powers brought in last year to issue £50 fixed penalty notices to people spotted throwing litter from cars.
Clr Khan has also asked for signs to be put up around Park Drive, warning people of the possibility of fines.
A spokesman for Kirklees Council's waste department said officers would watch Park Drive and issue fines where necessary.
But he added: "The fact is, fixed penalties apply anywhere someone throws litter from a vehicle."
Officers are considering working with the owners of premises which generate litter.
They will ask people selling the food which is causing the litter, to enter a voluntary agreement to tackle the problem within 100m of their shop.
To report a grot spot ring or flytipper ring 01484 414700.