Litter, flytipping and enforcement
In Tower Hamlets we all want to enjoy safe clean streets.
If you need help with enforcement due to
irresponsible behaviour by others please contact us and ask someone from our
Street Care Team to visit you.
Reporting a flytip
You can report a flytip or dumped rubbish using
- Don't touch the waste - it may contain syringes, toxic
chemicals or other hazardous substances
- Don't disturb the site - there may be evidence that could help
identify the fly-tippers and lead to their prosecution
- Visually try to work out what the waste consists of and how
much there is
- Take note of the day, date, time and exact location
If you see someone fly-tipping, take note
- How many people are involved and what they look like
- What has been tipped - how much and what it looks
- Details of any vehicles involved including make, colour and
registration number if possible
Be very careful. Remember that flytippers are
doing something illegal and do not want to be caught – they are
unlikely to welcome people observing them. Do not approach them or
put your own safety at risk.
Litter - Not in our street!
Tower Hamlets residents are being encouraged to tackle littering
in their community through the launch of a new anti-littering
campaign - ‘Litter – not in our street!’
The campaign raises awareness about littering, highlighting that
people who drop rubbish are affecting everyone in their local
community. It aims to empower residents to take pride in their area
and help them to stop local littering and report problem areas
through the Find it, Fix it team. Residents are also
encouraged to take direct action through volunteering and community
How you can get involved
Find it, Fix it Team
The Find it, Fix it service will tackle eyesores across the
borough. In rapid response vehicles, the teams identify and fix
problems such as littering, graffiti, fly posting, overhanging
vegetation and fly tipping. Residents can report problems,
including littering, for the Find it, Fix it team via Streetline on
020 7364 5004.
Volunteering and community
Assistance for clean up projects and local litter picks can be
sought via the council volunteer coordinator, Sam Dundas-Dunbar.
Tel 020 7364 6696 or email email@example.com or
visit the clean and
green volunteering page.
Outreach and school education programme
The outreach and school education programme is run through the
council’s waste contractor Veolia. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for information on how to arrange a community outreach
event or details of the school education programme.
'Lost in Litter' is the most
recent programme delivered in Tower Hamlets Primary
The council's commitment to reducing litter
Litter is unsightly, illegal and can be
dangerous. To assist you to get rid of items responsibly and reduce
litter on the streets, we provide litter bins on public highway
locations across the borough. These are regularly emptied by
our street cleansing contractor.
The maximum fine for littering is £2,500. An
offence is committed if someone throws down, drops or otherwise
deposits anything in any place (including over water) that is open
to the air and to which the public have access. Cigarette butts and
chewing gum are defined as litter as well as other items commonly
dropped such as sweet wrappers and newspapers.
Anyone seen littering in the street may be
issued with a fixed penalty notice (FPN) of £80 by a Street Care
Team Officer. The FPN is issued so that you may discharge
your liability for prosecution by paying the penalty and knowing
you will not receive a criminal record. However, if you do not pay
the FPN, the case will go to court.
Flytipping (dumping rubbish on a street or
other area) is an offence which carries a maximum penalty of up to
£50,000, or for very serious offences, a fine of up to five years
in prison, or both. It is also an offence to allow
someone to fly-tip on your land or if a vehicle registered to you
is used to fly-tip, the owner is ultimately responsible.
We keep the streets safer and cleaner by removing tips of
rubbish that have been dumped on public land, roads and pavements.
We aim remove reported flytips by the end of the next working
day. However, if the tip is very large or contains hazardous
materials, this has to be reported to the back office for
investigation. If so, this may take a little longer to deal
Fly-tips on private land should be dealt with by the land
In addition to removing fly-tips from public land we try
to trace the origin of the waste and may take enforcement
How to make sure you don’t fly tip
Businesses in Tower Hamlets must ensure they have a contract
with a registered waste carrier. If you are disposing of business
waste at a tip or landfill, then you will have to pay a gate fee
and the site must be licensed to take commercial waste. Tower
Hamlets Council offer businesses a collection service via a
contract with Veolia Environmental Services, find out more.
Residents and businesses can drop off rubbish or recycle a
wide range of materials at the Reuse and Recycling
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Mulberry Place (AH)
PO Box 55739
5 Clove Crescent
Tel: 020 7364 5004
Fax: 020 7364 6885