Litter and dog fouling

Littering

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 £75 fixed penalty notice. 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.

Dog Fouling

Please report any dog fouling incidents to us by contacting the Customer Service Centre or completing our online form.

It is an offence to not clear up after up after your dog forthwith. Any person over the age of 18 found to have committed this offence can be served with a £50 fixed penalty notice. 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 £100 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.

The absence of litter bins and/or dog-waste bins is not a reasonable defence against the offence of littering. There are hundreds of dog poo bins around the district which have been carefully located where dogs are most commonly exercised. If you believe one is required in a particular location, or if you notice one is damaged please contact the customer services team.