Litter - pick up the challenge to help keep your area clean
Litter on the highway is cleaned up regularly by the council as one of its duties, however, there are always stray items which escape and accumulate, especially in undergrowth and on private land. By joining forces with the council, we can blitz the litter and show how much we value our green district.
The council’s environment and neighbourhoods team is promoting the council’s “Safer, Cleaner, Greener” agenda and asking all residents to take up the challenge of keeping their immediate area free of litter, by helping the council to pick up any litter deposited close to where they live.
We all know that litter louts should not drop litter, but if you see litter near where you live, do you walk on by, or take up the challenge to help keep your area clean?
It is generally accepted that areas kept clear of litter result in less fly-tipping, littering and low-level anti-social behaviour. Litter louts seem to find it easier to drop litter in an area that is already littered.
If you see small amounts of litter near where you live, perhaps on the edge of your property or on a shared parking area, take up the challenge to keep your area clean, and simply pick up the litter and place it in your bin. Little and often can make a positive impact on the reducing the amount of litter in your area. Some items of litter can even be recycled.
Resident are advised not tackle any litter or fly tipping that may be hazardous or enter any private land. Hazardous items or large accumulations of litter should be reported to the council.
If there are large amounts of litter in your street or fly-tipped rubbish near where you live, please pick up the telephone and let us know, so we can investigate what further action can be taken.
The council has a number of legal powers than can be used to tackle litter problems. There are legal methods available to require the persons and bodies responsible for different types of land, public and private, to clean up when the standards have clearly fallen, and to take measures to prevent litter accumulating to unacceptable levels.
Litter can be as small as a sweet wrapper, or as large as a bag of rubbish, or it can mean lots of items scattered about. The legislation also specifically clarifies that discarded gum products, and cigarette ends are types of litter.
The Offence of Leaving Litter (Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990) applies where a person throws down, drops or otherwise deposits any litter in any place in the open air in the area of a principal litter authority and leaves it.
Environment & neighbourhood officers regularly patrol the district to deter, educate and catch litter offenders. The maximum fine for littering is £2500. The council can also issue offenders with a fixed penalty notice for littering offences.
Problem areas or properties can be reported to the Council’s Environment & Street Scene Directorate on 01992 564608.
Together we can tackle litter!