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Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 87

A person is guilty of an offence if he/she throws down, drops or otherwise deposits any litter in any place open to the air to which the public have access, private or public.

Any person over the age of 18 found to have committed this offence can be served with a fixed penalty notice of £100, reduced to £75 if paid early within 10 days. Failure to pay the notice within the required timescale can lead to court action where if found guilty, the offender can be fined up to £2500 and pay costs as awarded by the court.

Anyone under the age of 18 may be given a warning and a letter sent to the parents/guardians.

If you have witnessed an offence, this can be reported online.

Report a car litter offence

Report a general litter offence

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