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Keeping our neighbourhoods clean and tidy 

Litter is simply people leaving their waste in parks, streets, stuck to pavements or dropping it out of the car window. It can be anything from a small piece of chewed gum to large bags of rubbish.

Put together, these small and large pieces of litter can make an area look untidy - and with your help we can clean up our neighbourhoods.

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, we can issue an immediate fixed penalty for £150 if we catch someone littering - and if convicted in court you could face a fine of up to £2,500.

It really helps if you report any acts of littering you see to us on .  To find out more about our complaints procedure please refer to our Littering offence (PDF Document, 0.27 Mb) and Fly tipping (PDF Document, 0.32 Mb) offence documents.

Zero Litter Campaign

The council has taken its latest step in reducing litter across the district by announcing a £15,000 funding for its volunteer litter picking scheme.  The scheme was announced as one part of the councils two year Zero Litter Campaign which aims to tackle the district’s litter problems including fly-tipping and dog fouling.

Community litter picks and Volunteer litter pickers

You can organise your own, or join in with an existing litter pick in your area. There is also the option to become a Green Footprints Litter Picker, to occasionally pick litter in your area when you are out and about, then we would love to hear from you.

Email or call us on 01530 454545 to find out more, quoting 'Community Litter Pick' or 'Green Footprints Litter Picker'.

Free Equipment

Volunteer litter pickers in North West Leicestershire can now register and sign up to receive free litter picking equipment including hi-visibility vests, litter pickers and collection bags.

You can register as a volunteer and receive equipment here or, you can contact your local parish or town council, visit our dedicated web page here.

Staying Safe When Litter Picking

Litter pickers in North West Leicestershire are among the best in Leicestershire, and we appreciate all of the work of volunteers like you who help to keep the district clean and tidy.

The number of litter pickers in the district has increased significantly in recent years, and we’re really proud of everyone who dedicates any of their time to collecting litter from communities.

In 2021 we produced a guide for all litter pickers in the area, sharing our tips for keeping safe and ensuring you receive the most support for your efforts. If you’re new to litter picking in the area, or it has been a while since you’ve reviewed the guide, please do familiarise yourself with it to ensure you’re being as safe as possible while volunteering. Guidance for litter pickers 2021 (PDF Document, 2.12 Mb)

We know there are grot spots across the district, please be assured that teams across the authority are working to reduce these.

Our commitments:

  • We will fine anyone who is caught littering.
  • We will fine individuals and businesses for fly tipping offences where there is evidence.

  • We will continue our annual litter pick of the A42.  
  • We will visit schools and other organisations to educate young people about disposing of waste correctly and environmental crime.
  • We will encourage everyone to reduce, reuse and recycle.
  • We will remind businesses of their legal responsibility to ensure their waste is disposed of legally and without harming the environment.
  • We will continue to offer a trade waste service to support businesses to safely dispose of their waste.

What we ask of you:

  • Keep yourself safe – wear a hi-vis, gloves and suitable shoes and clothing
  • Report your litter picking to us so we can collect it
  • Avoid picking on busy roads or where speed limits exceed 30 mph.
  • Try to stay in sight and earshot of others or let someone know where you’re going and when to expect you back.
  • If picking on private land, please obtain prior permission from the landowner before you start and do not place the bagged waste onto public land as it will be the landowner’s responsibility to dispose of the waste.
  • Please also be mindful that most industrial areas have not been adopted therefore are classed as private land.  Also, these areas often have a high volume of traffic which could raise concerns for your safety.

If you have any questions about land ownership or have any concerns in relation to litter picking, then please contact the Environmental Protection Team on 01530 454545

If you've litter picked recently, book a collection for your bagged litter here.

Schools package

The Environmental Protection Team is committed to looking after the physical environment and providing information for future generations.  We offer free workshops tackling littering, dog fouling, fly tipping, and graffiti issues.

With changes in national government legislation, and the introduction of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, we believe it is important to help young people understand the consequences of neglect and to find ways in which we can improve the quality of our local environment. 


If you would like to organise some free activities please contact us at North West Leicestershire District Council, Environmental Protection Team on 01530 454600         

Lorry Litter Charter

North West Leicestershire District Council has received the backing of Pall-Ex to become the first Council in the East Midlands to launch a campaign tackling lorry and car litter.

Each day litter is found dumped at lay-bys across the district and includes items such as bottles of urine, bags of human excrement, discarded magazines, drink cans, food packaging and tyres. An e-survey of commercial drivers by Keep Britain Tidy revealed that 22% admitted to having dropped an item of litter out of their vehicle in the past six months.

To find out more about the Lorry Litter Campaign, click the link

Last updated: Thu 1 June, 2023 @ 14:06