By John Vidal

US humourist and litter campaigner says Britain is ‘like a trash can’ and recommends large on-the-spot-fines to combat ‘disgraceful’ problem at committee of MPs and industry representatives

Britain has the worst litter problem in the world and the best way to control it would be to set up roadblocks and fine anyone found with a clean car, an American best selling author and humourist has told a committee of MPs investigating how to clean up the environment.

David Sedaris, who lives in Sussex and has admitted to obsessively picking up litter for five hours a day, claimed poorer people who shop at Tesco were more likely to drop litter then wealthier shoppers who go to Waitrose.