Environmental offences for litter, fly-tipping and dog fouling

People caught dropping litter, fly-tipping and allowing their dogs to foul in public spaces will face on-the-spot fines between £75 and £300. The fine amount depends on the type of offence. These fines are known as fixed penalty notices.

Environmental offences

You can be fined between £75 and £300 for:

  • littering
  • fly-tipping
  • flyposting (example: putting posters on lamp posts or building walls)
  • dog fouling
  • disposing of commercial waste illegally.

Environmental offences are criminal in nature and not civil offences.

Receiving a fine and how to pay

Enforcement officers will be able to issue you with an on-the-spot fixed penalty notice.

Giving your details to enforcement officers

You must give your full name and address to the Enforcement Officer if you’re caught committing an environmental offence. Officers will verify an individual’s identify by using electronic ID verification systems.

It is a criminal offence if you do not provide this information (Section 8(a) b of the Environmental Protection Act). The maximum penalty for not providing this information is £1,000 and a criminal conviction.

Paying the fine

You will be able to pay the fixed penalty notice:

 

Offenders who don’t pay the fine

If you refuse to pay the fixed penalty notice, then your case would progress to the local Magistrate’s Court. The maximum penalty on conviction is £2,500, a criminal conviction and any associated costs.

Issuing fines to young people

Children younger than 10 years old can’t be issued with a fixed penalty notice.

If a young child drops litter, we would expect the parent or carer to pick it up and dispose of it.

What information we keep about the fines

We keep records of:

  • fixed penalty notices we have issued, from issuing the fine to payment or prosecution
  • evidence if the case has to go to court.

Enforcement officers

These officers are employed by 3GS Environment Solutions. They will wear body cameras to gather evidence and identify offenders. They will follow government guidelines to ensure that all fines are issued responsibly.

The officers will not be paid incentives or commission for issuing fines. 3GS Environment Solutions are not allowed to performance pay, commission or bonus linked to the number of tickets issued.

Legal powers

Fines will be issued under the Environment Protection Act 1990, the Cleaner Neighbourhoods Environment Act 2005 and the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003. Officers are legally entitled to enter commercial properties to deal with offences under these criminal acts.

Cost of enforcement

The service will run at no cost to the local taxpayer. It is totally funded by the fixed penalty fines.

We are not allowed to use the enforcement as a revenue generator and there are no targets for the numbers of fixed penalty notices issued. If any surplus is generated by the scheme it will be re-invested into improvements in the refuse and recycling service for the benefit of communities.