Litter and litter bins
Litter in a public place is unsightly, dangerous to wildlife and an offence.
Litter ranges in size from a single sweet wrapper to a bag full of rubbish. The Environmental Protection Act of 1990 states that if a person drops, throws, deposits or leaves anything that causes defacement in a public place, they are committing a littering offence. So always try to use a litter bin or take it home.
The Council's streets are divided into zones, depending on the volume of traffic using the streets each day. The more frequently the road is used, the more often it will be swept.
If the visual appearance of an area should deteriorate to an unacceptable level between cleans, however, it will be cleaned up within a certain time, as laid down in a Litter Code of Practice under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
If you see litter, fly-tipping or graffiti you can report it to us through any of the following channels:
- New Forest In Touch This smart phone app allows you to photograph, video and report problems directly to the council
- Phone customer services on 023 8028 5000
- Online using the council reporting form
Please try to include as much detail as possible to help your street cleaning teams to locate the problem as quickly as possible.
The Council has provided approximately 1,000 litter bins within the district. Each bin is emptied as required and can take litter and bagged dog waste.
To report a problem with a litter bin, or to request a bin at a new location, please ring Customer Services on 023 8028 5000 or use our online form.