If ash is now to be classified as 'litter' under the terms of the EPA, every council vehicle on the road will now be liable to be fined. Ash, you see, along with soot is a component of vehicle exhaust, and a dustcart idling at the kerb may deposit as much ash as from Mrs Martin's fag.
And if ash now counts as litter, why not rubber dust from vehicle tyres and the dead skin and hair constantly shed by humans, including by the litter gauleiters themselves?
The council themselves seem doubtful over this one, commenting that "In general terms, however, our wardens do not issue fixed penalty notices for dropping cigarette ash. They do for dropping cigarette butts, which are specifically classed as litter under the Environmental Protection Act"