Litter and dumped rubbish enforcement

Littering and dumping rubbish (fly-tipping) are antisocial and criminal acts. We use our enforcement powers to make those responsible pay a penalty.

Our approach will be to issue fixed penalty notices, without warning, for all littering offences identified and to use our additional powers to ensure that those responsible for litter arising from their business or ownership are held accountable.

Those that do not pay fixed penalties or are repeat offenders can expect to be prosecuted.


The Environmental Protection Act of 1990 states that if a person drops, throws, deposits, or leaves anything that defaces a public place they are committing a littering offence.

This includes small items such as food wrappers, chewing gum and cigarette ends. Always use a litter bin or take your rubbish with you.

People who litter can be fined £150 or prosecuted and issued a fine of up to £2,500 by the courts.

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Fly tipping

Fly tipping costs Haringey taxpayers £3million a year to clean up.

Fly tipping is defined as an ‘illegal deposit of any waste onto land that does not have a licence to accept it’. Tipping a mattress, electrical items or a bin bag full of rubbish in the street causes a local nuisance and makes an area look ugly and run down.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) estimates that household waste (including leftover DIY material and abandoned electrical goods such as fridges) account for half of all fly-tipped rubbish in England.

People who dump rubbish can be fined £400 or prosecuted and fined up to £50,000 by the courts.

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How you can help

Report it

If you report dumped rubbish or fly-tipping using My Account, you'll be able to view the progress of your report:

Report dumped rubbish or fly tipping through My Account

If you don't require updates on progress you can report these issues to us anonymously without registering:

Report dumped rubbish or fly tipping as a guest

If you have seen someone dumping rubbish you can report it through the Report someone for dumping rubbish form.

If you see an abandoned trolley call Trolleywise, which will arrange collection, on 0800 316 1241.

Use our bulky waste service

There is no excuse for dumping your rubbish, especially given that we have a bulky waste collection which will collect most large items for a small charge.

Put your rubbish out at the right time

If you live in a flat or run a business on a main road we operate a timed collection service in the mornings and evenings. View all the roads and times here.

Don’t put your rubbish by a bin!

Unless it is part of a timed collection, never put your rubbish by a bin. It’s classed as fly-tipping and if you are caught you will be fined up to £400.

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Page last updated:

November 29, 2022

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