The public must think it’s right to fine litterbugs

16 May 2017
The public must think it’s right to fine litterbugs
Keep Britain Tidy believes there should be a national standard for enforcement to ensure that the public continues to support the fining of those individuals who think it is OK to treat our country as a rubbish dump.


That is why we run the only accredited training academy for enforcement officers, ensuring they work to the highest standards.


Millions of people hate litter and earlier this year more than 300,000 individuals showed just how much they care about the issue by rolling up their sleeves, getting out there and cleaning up as part of the Great British Spring Clean.


As a country, we need a robust mechanism for enforcement. Littering is illegal and antisocial and if people flout the law they should expect to be punished.


We need the public at large to support councils’ enforcement of the littering legislation and this is why enforcement by anyone, whether a local authority or a private enforcement company, must be seen to be reasonable and proportionate. 


Poor enforcement damages the reputation of those of us who are working to create a cleaner environment because it loses public trust. 


Keep Britain Tidy is adamant that all enforcement must be done in line with the Defra guidelines. This means that Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) must not be issued for accidental littering – eg if something falls out of a pocket – and that the offender should be given the chance to pick up the litter before an FPN is issued. 


Anyone carrying out enforcement must be appropriately and adequately trained. Keep Britain Tidy runs the WAMITAB-accredited, five-day National Enforcement Academy that trains individuals who are responsible for enforcement. The course ensures all enforcement officers fully understand their role and obligations under the law.


To find out more about The National Enforcement Academy please contact us on 01942 612655 or email