Litter and the Law
You could be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) or fine for doing any of the following; littering, not putting your waste out properly, leaving domestic rubbish in or by a litter bin, fly tipping, abandoning a vehicle, causing vandalism through graffiti and/or dog fouling.
Penalties for littering
Litter is a criminal offence. If you are caught dropping litter, you could be fined up to £75. Anyone caught littering by the Council’s Enforcement Team will be given a fixed penalty notice.
Penalties for not putting your waste out properly
Waste that is not put out properly can leave our streets in a mess. Domestic and commercial properties that put their waste out at the wrong time or in the wrong container may be fined. Please do not leave domestic or commercial waste in or by litter bins. For more information, please click on the following links:
Make sure that the people who work for you dispose of your waste properly or you could be liable. For more information on fly tipping please go to Fly Tipping.
You are responsible for making sure your vehicle is disposed of properly at an Authorised treatment facility. For more information please go to Abandoned vehicles.
Graffiti is a criminal offence. If you spot someone doing graffiti, call the police. For more information, please go to Graffiti.
It is a criminal offence not to clean up after your dog and you could be fined £50 if you are caught failing to pick up your dog's mess. For more information please go to Dog Fouling.
- Environment Agency
- DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
- Environmental Protection Act (EPA)
- Keep Britain Tidy