Braintree District Council increases fines in the battle to tackle litter offenders

Braintree District Council has increased fines for littering, fly-tipping, graffiti, and breaches of the Household Waste Duty of Care.

The decision follows a change in government legislation aiming to crack down on environmental crime and anti-social behaviour which was announced by the Prime Minister in March of last year to bring into force increases in ‘on the spot fines’ from 10 July 2023.

In February 2024, Braintree District Council Cabinet Members agreed to raise the level of penalties.

Councillor Tom Cunningham, Cabinet Member for Transformation, the Environment and Customer Services, and Deputy Leader at Braintree District Council said: “We take proportionate and effective enforcement action and use Fixed Penalty Notices against people who intentionally or carelessly damage their local environment, to help change their behaviour and deter others from offending.


“One of the most effective ways is to have public support to be our eyes and ears where possible. We already know that our residents are passionate about their local environment, and care about where they live.


So please, if you see any kind of environmental crime, let us know and we will follow it up. Thank you.”

If anyone sees illegal littering activity, please report it to Braintree District Council: 

Pictures and dash-cam footage is always appreciated and can be emailed to the council’s Streetscene Protection Team:

For more information on the increase in the level of fines relating to Fixed Penalty Notices, please visit Braintree District Council’s website:

Published: 20th March 2024