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Litter

Things you should know about litter

  • littering is a criminal offence that carries a fine of up to £2,500 and could leave you with a criminal record. You may receive a fixed penalty notice of up to £80. 
  • the offence is committed under Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
  • The term "litter" covers a wide range of items, which can include such things as cigarette butts, food waste, packaging or a bag of waste discarded on the street. Littering can take place on any land (public or private) in the open air to which the public have access to.
  • drivers who throw litter from vehicles can be prosecuted. Vehicle registration details are taken and the authorities can trace the owner through the DVLA.
  • Litter harms wildlife, everyday RSPCA inspectors rescue pet and wild animals trapped or hurt by litter.
  • fly tipping – the illegal deposit of waste on land, a criminal offence that could lead to an on the spot fine up to £400, vehicle seizure and (or) a criminal record. On conviction the fine is up to £50,000 and up to twelve months imprisonment.

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Litter Picks

Volunteer Litter Picks
If you would like to organise a community litter pick, Environmental Services are able to provide you with litter pickers, gloves, bags, etc. We can also arrange to collect the waste afterwards (providing this has taken place on council land).
To check availability of equipment etc., please contact environment@poole.gov.uk
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Organising your own litter pick

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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Doing your bit

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 with you

  • don’t throw litter from your vehicle.  Use a car litter-bag or wait until you find a bin.  Never empty car ash trays on to the ground

  • cigarette butts, matchsticks and chewing gum are small but remain as litter for a long time and are difficult to clean up. Please use a 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

  • if you have bulky items, such as a sofa or mattress and are unable to take them to the Household Waste Recycling Centre we can collect them for a small charge. Please call 01202 261700 and our Customer Service team will your discuss requirements with you

  • if litter has built up and become an eyesore report it

  • keep your own garden or land litter free

  • recycle wherever possible.

We are all responsible for keeping our town and countryside clean. Your behaviour makes a difference.

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Street Watchers

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 people in Poole 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.

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