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Things you should know about litter!

  • Littering is a criminal offence; you can be fined up to £2,500, or you may receive a fixed penalty notice.
  • The offence is committed under Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
  • There is no precise definition of litter. It can mean a small item (e.g. a chocolate wrapper) or larger item (e.g. a bag of rubbish) or items scattered around. Discarded food can be litter. The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 has included cigarette butts and chewing gum as litter.
  • The littering offence applies to public open land e.g. roads, pavements, motorways, parks and beaches. Different laws apply to rubbish on private land.
  • Drivers who throw litter from vehicles can be prosecuted. Vehicle registration details are taken and the authorities can trace the owner through the DVLA.
  • We spend approximately £1.8 million to keep the streets of Poole clean.
  • Fly tipping – being potentially more serious and hazardous than littering is an offence under the waste legislation. On conviction the fine is up to £50,000 or twelve months imprisonment or both.
  • Every day RSPCA inspectors rescue pet and wild animals trapped or hurt by litter.
  • Over 30 million tonnes of litter are collected from our streets every year - and it is estimated that it costs council tax payers £780 million a year to keep the streets of England clean. 

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Litter Picks

Environmental & Consumer Protection Services are able to provide volunteers who organise litter picks with gloves, litter pickers, bags, etc.  We can also arrange to collect the waste after the litter pick (providing this has taken place on Council land).  

Community Litter Pick at Holes Bay

On Sunday 27th April, a community litter pick took place at Holes Bay.

In just two hours, residents managed to fill 49 bags of rubbish collected from the beach, cycle path and immediate surroundings. Items found included crisp packets, sweet wrappers, cans and bottles. Larger items also found included a bathtub and a boat door.

Organised as part of the Great Dorset Beach Clean, the event is just one of a number of litter picks that take place in the borough throughout the year.  

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The Big Tidy Up 

Keep Britain Tidy are promoting an event called The Big Tidy Up.  Volunteers are encouraged to organise a litter pick and log the details of this on their website.  Why not join the Big Tidy Up today and become part of the network of people working together on this project?  For further information, to register, and to receive your tidy up kit visit  www.thebigtidyup.org

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Car Litter Campaign

The Borough of Poole was one of almost 100 Councils in England to work with Keep Britain Tidy on a campaign aimed at raising awareness of the problems associated with the irresponsible behaviour of littering from vehicles.  During part of the campaign Keep Britian Tidy asked that members of public who witnessed anyone littering from their vehicle (including car, bus, lorry, minibus, motorcycle or van) log details onto their website.  This helped indicate how widespread the problem was, and identify any problematic areas.  For further information on this campaign and others, visit the following website www.keepbritaintidy.org.

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01202 261700

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Environmental and Consumer Protection
Unit 1
Newfields Business Park
2 Stinsford Road
BH17 0NF

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