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Litter

Litter is one of the most common forms of abuse people inflict on the environment of Wales. Litter is damaging for Wales’ local environment and wildlife, and has been shown to have significant negative implications for our economy through both tourism and inwards investment.

Annual litter clean up costs around £70 million in Wales which has to be met by taxpayers.

We work closely with Keep Wales Tidy, Natural Resources Wales and the 22 Local Authorities to deal with the issue of litter.

What is litter?

Litter includes:

  • discarded paper
  • plastic items
  • materials associated with smoking, eating, drinking
  • chewing gum.

Litter can also include material that is spilt during business operations or during waste management operations.

The main sources of litter are smoking related, confectionery related, drinks related and fast food.

Most litter is discarded by the public. You can be prosecuted for the Offence of Leaving Litter under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005. Magistrate’s Courts can fine up to £2,500 for Litter offences.

Local authorised officers working within the Local Authority or the Police can issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN’s). These can be set at a local level from £75 to £150. Their powers to issue FPN’s are contained in the Environment Protection Act 1990 and the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.