Litter is a big problem across the country. It is:

  • unsightly 
  • devalues the local area
  • pollutes the environment
  • causes harm to residents and wildlife
  • is expensive to remove. Around £1 billion of tax payers’ money is spent in the UK every year cleaning up litter.

Help us to keep Dacorum clean and tidy by not dropping litter and putting your rubbish in the bins provided.

Litter penalties

If you're caught littering, you could receive a £88 fixed penalty notice. If this is not paid you could be taken to court. This may result in a fine of up to £2,500. We work with District Enforcement - a company that specialises in enviro-crime enforcement - to issue Fixed Penalty Notices. Find out more about District Enforcement.

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of items - this is a serious offence which can result in an unlimited fine. Our fly-tipping page provides more information on this.

If you see anyone littering or fly-tipping, please report it to us.

Report littering from a vehicle

If you see litter thrown from a vehicle, the most important detail to take is the vehicle registration number. Please email this to

Please provide as much other information as possible and consider the following:

  • Make, model and colour of the vehicle
  • Location and time of the offence
  • Details of the items discarded
  • Do you have any dash cam footage?
  • Offender description - for example, male or female, passenger/driver age, hair colour, clothing.

Please note: any witnesses will need to provide a statement and may need to attend court.

Report litter

We clean streets and open areas on a rota basis. But if you find a particularly high level of litter, or litter which could cause harm, please report it using our online form. We will then clear it as soon as possible.

Report litter

Report a full litter bin

We empty our litter bins on a rota basis, usually twice a week. Sometimes the bins become full before they are due to be emptied. If this is the case, please report a full litter bin using our online form. We will then empty it as soon as possible.

Report a full litter bin

Report a damaged or missing litter bin

If you come across a damaged or missing litter bin, you can report the issue using our online form.

Report a damaged or missing litter bin

Organising a litter pick

If you would like to carry out a litter pick in your local area, we can loan you equipment. Please visit our Community litter picks page for more details.

If you're interested in litter picking on a regular basis, you may want to register as a Street Champion. We'll give you your own kit filled with litter-picking equipment.

Page Last Updated: Friday, 09 February 2024 at 11:34 AM