We all know that littering is a problem but what can be done about it? Besides each of us taking responsibility for our own litter, it is useful to know what the law is about littering. This extract from the Daventry District Council web site, provided by the Parish Council, explains the position.
Littering is a criminal offence; you can be fined up to £2,500, or you may receive a fixed penalty notice and be fined £75.
- Littering is an offence is committed under Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
- Litter can be anything, crisp packets, cigarette ends, a piece of chewing gum, dog waste, which has been dropped on our streets. It is careless activity from people who do not use the litter, cigarette and dog waste bins provided.
- There is no need to drop litter or fail to remove your dog’s waste, as there are approximately 750 litter bins and 250 dog bins located throughout Daventry District. Bins are emptied regularly, at the same time your area is cleansed and new bins are being installed where necessary. Place your rubbish in a litter bin or if there isn’t a bin nearby take your rubbish home.
- Litter is unsightly and is associated with crime and anti-social behaviour and can lead to areas being perceived as neglected which can discourage people from visiting the area.
- Litter attracts vermin such as rats and other disease carrying pests which can cause hazards for human health.
- Drivers who throw litter from vehicles can be prosecuted. Vehicle registration details are taken and the authorities can trace the owner through the DVLA.
- Fly-tipping – being potentially more serious and hazardous than littering is an offence under the waste legislation. On conviction the fine is up to £50,000 or twelve months imprisonment or both.
- Every day RSPCA inspectors rescue pet and wild animals trapped or hurt by litter.
- Over 30 million tonnes of litter are collected from our streets every year – and it is estimated that it costs council tax payers £780 million a year to keep the streets of England clean.
How do you report a littering offence?