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Report litter or a problem with litter bins

Medway Council picks up and disposes of more than 2,000 tonnes of litter each year from its streets.

From April 2015 to March 2016, 1,620 tonnes of litter were picked up from the streets and 467 tonnes of fly tipping was cleared up. The cost of clearing this litter & fly tipping is £4.1 million per year.

From April 2015 to March 2016, more than 61 community/litter picks were carried out.

Any person who is witnessed intentionally dropping, throwing or leaving rubbish, can be issued a Fixed Penalty Notice for £80, or, if prosecuted, face a fine up to £2,500. 


Breakdown of Medway Councils Fixed Penalty Notices for Littering.


Year April - March 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17

FPNS issued for Littering in Medway


223 382 336 385 315

Number paid


173 224 261 323 197

Number passed for enforcement


50 93 75 62 118

Total amount of money collected where FPN fines were paid


£11,030.00    £13,420.00   £16,510.00   £20,280.00   £12,320.00

There is no appeals process for FPNs therefore they cannot be appealed against.   


The council has a duty to clear litter from land for which it is responsible. If the land is private, the council may use statutory legislation to force the landowner to clear away any rubbish and litter under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 which extends the litter laws to include private land, open to the air.

There are about 1,500 litter and dog bins that are strategically placed throughout Medway.

The council will endeavour to get any syringes collected and disposed of by the end of the working day  if reported by 4.00pm.