It is a criminal offence to drop litter in a public place.

Litter can be anything from a sweet wrapper or cigarette end to a black bag of rubbish. It may seem strange to think that by taking part in a balloon release or letting go of a Chinese lantern you are committing a criminal offence, but what goes up must come down somewhere!


If you are caught littering in a public place you may be issued with a £75 fixed penalty notice (FPN).

Failure to pay an FPN could lead to you being prosecuted and ordered to pay the penalty, plus a fine of up to £2,500 and legal costs. You will also have a criminal record.

Report littering

Report Littering

Drivers (or their passengers) seen dropping litter from a vehicle can be traced via the DVLA and will receive an FPN through the post or asked to attend an interview under caution.

Report Littering From a Car

How you can help us tackle litter

  • report any littering

  • use the litter bins provided or take your litter home to put in your bin

  • don’t drop chewing gum - wrap it up and put it in a bin

  • if you notice a litter problem, please let us know and we will look into it.

Please be responsible and don’t drop litter. It will help us to keep Huntingdonshire clean and keep local taxes down.

Keeping Huntingdonshire clean and litter free costs nearly £1 million every year.