The council has a zero tolerance policy towards litter and provides litter bins within parks and open spaces for disposal.
We also encourage users to take home recycable items, such as cans and news papers, and put them in their household recycling for collection whenever possible, as litter collected in parks and open spaces is currently not recycled.
The ranger service use national legislation in order to keep our parks and open spaces free of all unauthorised waste. Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 it is illegal to drop litter or dump any waste or rubbish on private or public land.
Those caught dropping litter which includes chewing gum, apple cores and cigarette butts, may receive a fixed penalty notice of £150 or face a maximum fine of up to £2,500. If necessary, we will take further legal action against other forms of illegal waste.