Daniel Taylor was witnessed littering the wine bottle by Pc Darren Wilkes, Rural and Wildlife Crime Officer with Staffordshire Police.
Cannock Chase Council’s Environmental Health Team then issued the 23-year-old, from Lichfield Road, with a fixed penalty notice for £75 and when it wasn’t paid, he was taken to court.
On February 5, Newcastle-under-Lyme Magistrates found Taylor guilty of littering under Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and ordered him to pay fines and costs totalling £359.
Mike Edmonds, the council's head of environment and healthy lifestyles, said: “Clearing litter from public places costs councils significant amounts of money each year and if this council has sufficient evidence it will not hesitate to take action and prosecute offenders.
“We are lucky to have Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on our doorstep, and we must all do what we can to respect it and look after it.”
Anyone with information about littering or the identity of offenders, and any vehicle registrations, should contact the council by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org