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Litter enforcement

Litter can be as small as a sweet wrapper, piece of chewing gum or cigarette end. Street litter is often made of plastics, which take hundreds of years to biodegrade and can be harmful to birds and animals.

Dropped litter spoils the area and can end up in our storm drains, ditches, and streams. Storm water run-off carries large quantities of street litter to streams, rivers and lakes. Our street management team is responsible for reducing environmental crimes including enforcement of the correct disposal of litter.

To report litter offences in Charnwood, contact us on:


Fixed penalty notices

It is an offence to drop, throw, or deposit and leave litter anywhere. This offence includes dropping litter in water such as rivers, streams and lakes. If you are caught committing the offence of dropping litter in the borough, you may face prosecution and a fine of £80. 

If you pay your fine within 14 days of the offence the matter will be closed. If you pay within ten days the penalty will be discounted to £50 for early payment. If the fixed penalty is refused or not paid then court proceedings will begin and you could be fined up to £2,500.

Fixed penalty notices can also be used for other environmental crimes, parking offences and anti-social behaviour.

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