Cleaning up dropped litter such as cigarette stubs, food wrappers and gum is a major financial burden to many local authorities including ours.
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.
The offence of littering carries a maximum penalty of a £2,500 fine.
We 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: