Environmental crime

Environmental crime covers a wide range of anti social activities that affect our streets and public highways from dropping a sweet wrapper on the floor to committing blatant acts of vandalism. Enviro-crime can affect a person's quality of life and indirectly increases fear of crime. If you wish to report any issues from litter to overhanging hedges please use our Report it area.

Tackling environmental crime

Efforts to tackle environmental crime send a message to a community that things can change for the better. Encouraging a feeling that the local area is a place to be proud of. Nuisance behaviour, for example, becomes more conspicuous and therefore more unacceptable. As a result, victims and witnesses are more likely to take a stand against anti-social behaviour. Tackling environmental crime therefore goes beyond keeping streets clean, it is a vital part of building community confidence.

Fixed penalty notices

From 6 April 2006, Fixed penalty notices will be issued for littering (including cigarette butts, chewing gum and discarding items from a car), graffiti, fly posting, non authorised distribution of free literature (such as flyers) and commercial companies not having contracts to dispose of waste or transporting it without the correct licence. 

Action and initiatives

New educational initiatives are planned in the future aimed at getting over the message that environmental crime will no longer be tolerated. These will include the distribution of 'butt boxes' for cigarette butts, pouches for used chewing gum and dog waste bags and information to the public on how to dispose of their waste correctly. 

The action is being taken by us in support of striving for excellence priority -pride in Poole 'clean, green and safe'. Our objective is to work with the community and partners to care for our environment, further build pride in the town and develop this pride into improved standards. 

Page last updated: 23 October 2019
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