Litter is unsightly and potentially dangerous. It creates unnecessary work for our teams who are responsible for litter clearance throughout the borough.
Discarded food waste attracts rats and other pests and encourages feral pigeons. Sweet wrappers, crisp packets and fast food containers pose a serious fire risk. Animals are regularly injured or killed by litter. Farm animals choke on plastic bags, birds get tangled up in fishing lines, and small mammals are trapped in bottles and cans. People throwing rubbish out of cars cause road accidents and carelessly discarded cigarette ends start grass fires, especially during dry summers.
People create litter. It is everyone's responsibility to dispose of their waste properly. There are approximately 2,500 litter bins in our borough. Please use them. And if you can’t find a bin - take your litter home.
Dropping litter is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Offenders can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75 with further costs if found guilty in a Magistrates court. Any reports of people regularly dropping litter or dumping other items (fly-tipping), will be investigated and legal proceedings undertaken whenever possible. You can report litter by clicking on the button below:
Needles, syringes and other drug related items are being increasingly discarded. There are a number of hazards associated with handling these items and if discovered you should contact us, as a matter of urgency, on 01256 844844 to have them safely removed.
Any drug related items found on any school premises (including nurseries and colleges) during working hours should be reported immediately to the premises directly where staff on site are trained to deal with such items.
A new gum busting campaign to reduce town centre litter has been launched by the council in partnership with the Chewing Gum Action Group (CGAG), an organisation chaired by Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and funded by the chewing gum industry, to tackle gum litter in the UK.
The campaign, now in its ninth year, encourages the industry to work with councils and Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) to develop local initiatives to reduce chewing gum litter. Results from previous years demonstrate the significant impact of the campaign on gum litter levels. In 2013 the campaign led to an average fall in gum litter of 47% in participating areas, with some authorities reporting even higher results.
This year’s advertising campaign features professionally choreographed and highly innovative dance moves, encouraging gum chewers to dispose responsibly of gum litter in a fun and engaging way or face a fine of up to £80. The dynamic, brightly coloured adverts will appear in a range of locations across Basingstoke’s town centre, including roadside banners, bus stops, lamp-posts and telephone kiosks.
In addition to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, 11 other local authorities and BIDs are involved in the campaign including:
For more information on the Chewing Gum Action Group, visit www.chewinggumactiongroup.org.uk
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