People might want to think twice about tossing a wrapper on the ground or leaving behind a coffee cup. Not only is littering bad for the environment – soon, it could hurt your bank account.

The city’s planning and operations committee heard recommendations to give community support officers (CSOs) the authority to hand out littering tickets. The fines range between $100 and $500, and under the current by-law can only be given by police.

If the new bylaw is passed, there will be more authority on the street to enforce the littering laws, However, the committee noted that the extra man-power is meant to act as a deterrent to littering, not result in extra tickets.

The committee agreed to send the recommendations to council for approval.