- 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.
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.
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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).
As part of the Great British Beach Clean, which is organised by the Marine Conservation Society, the Borough of Poole has organised the following litter pick:
Date: Sunday 21st September, 2014
Time: 12 noon until 2 pm
Location: Holes Bay Shoreline
Meeting Place: Cycle way/path along the Shoreline of Holes Bay (Close to the junction of Safety Drive)
Litter picking equipment will be provided, but please remember to wear suitable clothing for the weather conditions, and enclosed footwear - some of the area to be litter picked is rocky.
Should you have any queries regarding this particular event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone 01202 261700 and ask to speak with Elizabeth Williams.
Locations of other litter picks organised for this event are shown on the Marine Conservation Society website.
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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Everyone can help:
Set an example - by not littering
Put your litter in a bin. If there is no bin available, take your litter home.
Don’t throw litter from your vehicle. Use a car litter-bag or wait until you find a bin. Never empty car ash trays onto the ground.
Cigarette ends, matchsticks and chewing gum are small but they’re still litter. So is discarded food. Please use the bin.
Make sure household and business waste is securely contained so that it doesn’t escape and become litter.
Everyone is responsible for their own waste – never dump it.
Extra household rubbish can be taken to the Nuffield Household Waste and Recycling Centre.
The Council is working in partnership with Dorset Reclaim to collect large items such as furniture or beds.
If litter has built up and become an eyesore, report it.
Keep your own garden or land litter free.
Recycle waste wherever possible
Remember, we are all responsible for keeping our town and countryside clean. Your behaviour does make a difference.
If you are interested in organising a litter pick and would like further information on how to do this please do not hesitate to contact us.
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The Borough of Poole is still recruiting volunteers to take part in Street Watchers. This is a scheme that was launched in February 2008 and encourages residents within the Borough to take part in community events, litter-picks, and reporting environmental issues (such as graffiti removal, dog fouling, fly posting etc) for us to deal with. If you are interested in finding out more about this scheme please contact Liz Williams (01202) 261700 or email email@example.com.
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