Litter can include any waste such as cigarettes ends, chewing gum, cans, bottles, paper, plastic, food and drink containers or wrapping, left over food, and flyers.
If you see litter in the District, please report it to us using our Self Service portal so we can investigate and take action as soon as possible.
What action can we take?
We have a zero tolerance approach to littering and will issue an £65 fixed penalty notice to anyone witnessed littering. The fixed penalty is an alternative to being taken to court. Even if the person picks up the litter, they will still be issued with a fixed penalty notice if it is clear their intention was to leave it.
If there is no bin available or littering signage nearby this is not an excuse to litter and the person will still receive a fixed penalty notice.
If a person gives false details or refuses to cooperate then the matter will be referred directly to the magistrate’s court. Our enforcement officers are equipped with body cameras and will record the issuing of fixed penalty notices and we can also take action on business and landowners who fail to clear littering from their land or premises. More information can be found in our Fixed Penalty Notice FAQs.
Fixed Penalty Notice Fees from 1 September 2022
- Littering - Increases from £65 to £150 (reduced to £100 if paid within 10 days)
- Public Space Protection Order (inc. Dog Fouling) - Remains at £100
- Fly Tipping - Increases from £200 to £400 (reduced to £300 if paid within 10 days)
- Abandoning a vehicle - Remains at £200
- Transporting waste without authority - Remains at £300
- Failure to comply with duty of care (business) - Remains at £300
- Failure to comply with a domestic waste receptacle (sec 46) notice - Increases from £60 to £100
- Failure to comply with a business waste receptacle (sec 47) notice - Remains at £100
- Failure to comply with duty of care (householder) - Remains at £200
- Breach of a community protection notice - Remains at £100