Find out about reporting overflowing bins, litter picking and collections, and more.
Please don't drop litter. Use a litter bin or, if there isn't one handy, take your litter home and put it in your waste bin if you can't recycle it.
Litter bin reports
If you see a damaged or overflowing bin, report it to us using the online form below. You can also use this form to request a new public litter bin. Please note this form is to be used to contact us about public litter bins e.g. in parks, on lamposts or on pavements.
Disposing of dog fouling in litter bins
Dog fouling can be bagged and disposed of in normal litter bins. We encourage the public not to place dog fouling into bins within children's play areas.
Dog owners have a responsibility to pick up after their pets and should place bagged dog fouling in a litter bin/dog waste bin or take bagged dog waste home with them.
Fixed penalty notices
Councils appoint officers to issue fixed penalty notices to people dropping litter. An offender has 14 days to pay the fixed penalty of £50. Failure to pay the fine will result in the case being taken to court and a potentially a maximum fine of £2,500.
Litter control areas
A local authority can designate an area of private land, which the public has access to, a ‘litter control area'. The occupier then has a duty to keep the area free of litter and waste.
Litter abatement notice
Anyone with a duty to keep land free of litter can be served with a litter abatement notice. The notice requires the land be cleaned up within a specified time. Failure to do so results in a fine and an excess charge for every day the land remains littered.
Street litter control notices
The council can issue street litter control notices to the owner or occupier of a business if the area around their premises is littered, making them responsible for keeping the area litter free.
After serving a notice, the council can collect shopping and luggage trolleys and charge their owner a fee for returning them.
Thoughtless drivers and their passengers tossing litter from cars are costing the taxpayer millions each year in clean-up costs.
Throwing litter from moving vehicles is dangerous for other drivers and creates a mess and a hazard on our roadside verges.
There are a number of areas in Northumberland affected by heavy leaf fall in the autumn.
These areas receive extra attention to ensure they are regularly swept of leaves, avoiding slippery and dangerous surfaces for pedestrians.
A list of the roads and public areas identified as a ‘leaf hotspot’ is kept in each depot and the areas receive extra attention throughout the autumn months.