Keeping the streets clean

4. Litter

Few people admit to dropping litter but it's a problem that everyone can see. All litter is unsightly and makes our local areas look untidy and uncared for.

Any type of litter takes a long time to disappear naturally. According to Keep Britain Tidy the estimated timespan for items to degrade is:

  • Orange peel / banana skin / apple cores – up to 2 years
  • Plastic bags – 10 to 20 years
  • Aluminium cans / nappies – 80 to 100 years
  • Plastic bottles – indefinitely

There is a £100 fixed penalty for people who are witnessed dropping litter, with a reduction of the fine to £75 if paid within 7 days of issue. Failure to pay will result in prosecution leading to a fine of up to £2500.

To report litter or problems with litter bins use the form below:

Report a street cleansing issue