Retailers have been urged to provide bins and anti-litter posters as part of the government’s crackdown on food packaging litter.

DEFRA has launched the scheme to curb increasing levels of on-the-go food litter - such as drinks cans, sandwich packaging and crisp and chocolate wrappers.

Retailers will now be held responsible for packaging of food sold in their shops.

Research by DEFRA found that fast food litter had increased 12% over the past year and become more widespread.

DEFRA minister Alun Michael said the draft Code of Practice would enable fast food operators and local authorities reduce litter and waste without “significant extra cost to the industry”.