Cleaning up dropped litter such as dropping cigarette stubs, fast food wrappers and chewing gum is a major financial burden to many local authorities including us.
We are committed to fighting against environmental crime and taking action against those responsible, to enable residents and visitors within our district to feel proud and safe of the area that they live in.
Littering is a criminal offence under Section 87/88 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The offence of littering upon conviction at Magistrates Court carries a maximum penalty of a £2,500 fine.
However, we also have the authority to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice of £150 to someone if they are caught littering. A Fixed Penalty Notice offers an individual the opportunity to discharge their liability.
All Fixed Penalty Notices are logged and failure to pay them within the time frame given could lead to a summons to a Magistrates Court. If an individual feels they have mitigating circumstances they can arrange to speak to the case officer who will explain what options are available.
Gaining enough information is essential to allow us to take action against those that litter. You can report an incident online. Information about the incident that could help us includes:
We also have the authority to take action against those who litter from a vehicle. Again gaining enough information will allow us to take action.. Information about the incident that could help us includes: