Littering offences

Gloucester City Council has partnered with environmental enforcement company 3GS, to supply patrolling, enforcement and investigation services within the city to help tackle environmental crime.

Environmental enforcement officers patrol the city daily to cut down environmental crime and increase environmental awareness. Anyone caught littering will be issued a minimum £75 fixed penalty notice charge on the spot. Failure to pay the fixed penalty notice charge will mean the case is transferred to a court prosecution process.

Environmental crime has a negative impact on the street scene and costs tax payers a significant amount of money each year.

People caught dropping litter, fly tipping and allowing their dogs to foul in public spaces will face on-the-spot fines between £75 and £400. The fine amount is dependant upon the type of offence. These fines are known as Fixed Penalty Notices. 

Environmental offences for litter, fly-tipping and dog fouling

Environmental crime has a negative impact on our streets and costs tax payers and the council thousands of pounds each year.

You can be fined between £75 and £400 for:

  • littering
  • fly-tipping
  • flyposting (such as putting posters on lamp posts or building walls)
  • dog fouling
  • not presenting waste properly
  • disposing of domestic commercial waste illegally

Environmental offences are criminal in nature and not civil offences.

Receiving a fine and how to pay

Enforcement officers will be authorised to issue you with an on-the-spot fixed penalty notice. 

Giving your details to enforcement officers

You must give your full name and address to the Enforcement Officer if you’re caught committing an environmental offence. Officers will verify an individual’s identity by using electronic ID verification systems.

It's a criminal offence if you do not provide this information (Section 88(8a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990). The maximum penalty for not providing this information is £1,000 and a criminal conviction. 

Paying the fine

You'll be able to pay the fixed penalty notice:

You’ll need to pay your fine within 14 days. If you pay your fine within 10 days you’ll only pay the reduced rate.

You can appeal against the issue of a Fixed Penalty Notice

If you do not pay the fine

If you refuse to pay the fixed penalty notice, then your case would progress to the local Magistrate’s Court. The maximum penalty on conviction is £2,500, a criminal conviction and any associated costs. 

Issuing fines to young people

Children younger than 10 years old can not be issued with a fixed penalty notice. If a young child drops litter, we would expect the parent or carer to pick it up and dispose of it.

What information we keep about the fines

We keep records of:

  • fixed penalty notices we have issued, from issuing the fine to payment or prosecution
  • evidence if the case has to go to court 

Enforcement officers

The officers are employed by 3GS Environment Solutions. They wear body cameras to gather evidence and identify offenders. They'll follow government guidelines to ensure that all fines are issued responsibly.

The enforcement officers wear polo shirts with the 3GS logo on them, and the Gloucester City Council emblem on their epaulettes. They also carry warrant cards to identify themselves.

The officers will not be paid incentives or commission for issuing fines. 3GS Environment Solutions are not allowed to receive performance pay, commission or bonuses linked to the number of tickets issued. 

Legal powers

Fines will be issued under the Environment Protection Act 1990, the Clean Neighbourhoods & Environment Act 2005 and the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003. Officers are legally entitled to enter commercial properties to deal with offences under these criminal acts. 

Cost of enforcement

The service will run at no cost to the local taxpayer. It's totally funded by the fixed penalty fines.

3GS are not allowed to use the enforcement as a revenue generator and there are no targets for the numbers of fixed penalty notices issued. If any surplus is generated by 3GS it shall be used for education and promotional campaigns.

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