Explains what litter is classed as, how to report someone, action been taking against juveniles, paying a fixed penalty notice and how you can be prosecuted.
The litter consists of waste products such as containers, papers, and wrappers which have been disposed of without consent. This includes discarded ends of cigarettes and chewing gum.
If you know of a street that is affected by littering you can report that it needs cleaning by using the link to the online form below:
Report a street that needs cleaning online
Yes, we may be able to issue a £75 fixed penalty notice (fine) providing you are willing to provide a witness statement and give evidence in court if the fixed penalty is not paid, and providing there is sufficient information to identify the person who dropped the litter. Where there is insufficient evidence to issue a fixed penalty notice it may be possible to issue a warning letter. See how to report littering below.
Fixed penalty notices for littering are issued under Environmental Protection Act 1990 - section 88 (external website)
You can report someone for littering using the below form:
Report someone for littering
Please provide full details and we will assess the information and contact you to let you know what action can be taken.
Although fixed penalty notices can be issued to anyone over the age of 10, the council’s policy is that warning letters will be issued to juveniles, aged 10 – 16, for a first-time offence.
If the juvenile repeats the offence then a fixed penalty notice will be issued.
You can pay the £75 fixed penalty notice online, in person or by post.
Visit the fixed penalty notices page for more information on how to pay.
If a fixed penalty is paid within 14 days the person shall not be convicted of the offence. If it is not paid within 14 days, the matter will be referred to court.
Read more about paying your fixed penalty notice.
If the case is proven in court the offender will receive a criminal record and a fine up to £2,500 plus costs may be issued.
Fixed penalties are not appropriate for persistent offenders. Persistent offenders are prosecuted in court.
Prosecutions are brought under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 - section 87 (external website)