Litter – it’s your money you’re throwing away!
As part of our commitment to ensuring a healthy, safe and pleasant environment, we play a vital role in preventing and dealing with littering across the borough.
Littering, fly-tipping, flyposting, graffiti and abandoned cars are not only highly antisocial but also illegal. Litter can be as small as a sweet wrapper, as large as a bag of rubbish, or it can mean lots of items scattered around.
Around £885 million is spent by local authorities in England every year on street cleaning and litter clearance. This means that local tax payers are picking up the bill for other people’s negligence.
You can find out more about the levels of littering across the country on the Keep Britain Tidy website.
Learn about our new anti-littering campaign and the noble knight who is helping us beat the litter bugs!
What happens if you litter?
The offence of “Leaving Litter” (Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990) and the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, says that if a person drops, throws, deposits or leaves anything so as to cause defacement in a public place, they could be committing a littering offence.
In Ashford borough, people caught littering can receive a £75 fixed penalty notice.
From September 2016 Ashford Borough Council have been taking a tougher approach to Litter enforcement by working in partnership with a private company to help tackle littering and other environmental blights in the borough.
We have a legal duty (so far as is practicable) to clear litter and refuse from public places that we are responsible for such as streets, parks, playgrounds and pedestrian areas. If a piece of private land is littered, the owner must accept responsibility for clearing the litter. But we encourage everyone to help by not dropping litter in the first place, and to report incidents of fly tipping.
How do I report a littering problem?
For problems around Ashford town centre, why not contact our Town Centre Action Team (T-CAT) who can tackle the problems swiftly?
What are litter picks and how can I get involved?
We support local communities and volunteers who wish to organise community litter picks. Normally we can loan you the equipment you will need for this if it is available.
To organise your own litter pick you will need to fill in the relevant paperwork. Download the community litter pick document pack - June 2016 [pdf] 610KB, or call 01233 331111 for it to be sent to you. Please wait until you receive confirmation before making further arrangements.