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Litter


Help tackle litter in your local area and keep County Durham clean. Always place your litter in a bin (recycle where possible) or take it home. Please encourage your family and friends to do the same.

Report littering

We will investigate and take the necessary action against the person who dropped the litter. We aim to respond to all litter reports by arranging for it to be cleaned up and/or arranging for an officer to patrol the areas in an effort to catch the offenders.

If you're caught dropping litter

Dropping litter (such as paper, cans, cigarette ends/packets, chewing gum and food packaging) in a public place is an offence, under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Anyone dropping litter can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £80, and if taken to court, the maximum fine is £2,500. 

Litter dropped from a rubbish lorry

If one of our rubbish lorries drops some rubbish, let us know.

Report spilt rubbish

How to stop litter

Litter bins

We provide litter bins throughout the county and empty them on a regular basis. Litter bins can be used for both litter and dog waste.

Please:

  • do not drop litter out of car/van windows as this can seriously affect highways, verges, the countryside and natural habitats for wildlife
  • take litter home with you if you cannot find a public bin
  • recycle where possible
  • encourage children, friends, family and colleagues to get rid of litter correctly to keep County Durham clean and tidy.

'Tidy Ted' - education and engagement

Our anti-litter mascot, Tidy Ted, also helps us to engage with children and educate about correct litter disposal.

Litter campaigns

We support LitterFree Durham's annual Big Spring Clean campaign, which encourages people to take part in organised litter-picks across County Durham and Darlington. 

Further information

For other litter or waste related issues, please see our waste disposal page or contact us.