Litter is anything which is thrown, dropped, or otherwise deposited. This includes chewing gum, cigarette butts and food.
Litter on the roadside
Litter is unsightly and attracts vermin. Many people find littering unacceptable and would like to reduce the amount of litter in public places.
The local authority is responsible for clearing litter from public places. Lancaster City Council employs 14 beat sweepers, has 8 mechanical sweepers and empties 2000 litter bins across the district.
Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 the local authority has the power to issue fixed penalty notices to people caught littering.
The fixed penalty notice for littering is £80 and can be issued by authorised officers. The fixed penalty notice is an opportunity for the offender to discharge their liability for the offence.
If the fixed penalty notice is not paid the local authority can prosecute the offender through the magistrates courts where fines can be up to £2500 plus court costs.
What to do if you receive a Fixed Penalty Notice for littering
If you have been issued a Fixed Penalty Notice for littering you need to pay it within 14 days of the offence to avoid further action by the city council.
The fixed penalty is £80 and can be paid by the following methods:
- In person at the Post Office
- By credit/debit card by telephoning 0845 6017297 (24 hour automated system, use Miscellaneous Invoices and enter ATP Ref.)
- Online at www.lancaster.gov.uk/pay (Fund=Debtors, enter the Invoice Ref.)
- Pre-paying and posting to The Head of Environmental Services, White Lund Depot, Morecambe, a letter containing the amount of the penalty. Payment may be made by cheque, postal order or money order made payable to Lancaster City Council. Payment made in this way will be regarded as having been made at the time at which the letter would be delivered in the ordinary post.
The fixed penalty notice has no appeal. If the offender wants to dispute to fixed penalty notice this will need to be done through the magistrates courts.
If you have been issued a fixed penalty notice and feel unable to pay you must put your reasons in writing to The Head of Environmental Services, White Lund Depot, White Lund Road, Morecambe, LA3 3DT.