Litter enforcement

We'll respond to complaints about littering and take direct enforcement action against those responsible.

People Removing Litter

This may include issuing fixed penalty fines and placing evidence before the court. We also undertake proactive patrolling to identify those responsible.

To reduce littering, we're providing more litter bins and maintaining street cleaning. We also organise clean-up campaigns with community groups and work with other council services and outside agencies to deal with an even wider range of environmental problems.

We're working with schools and have an ongoing programme of education to make children aware of their responsibilities and the laws regarding litter and environmental protection. Our use of restorative justice - pioneering the use of supervised litter picks in place of fixed penalties for young people  - has gained recognition from DEFRA.

You can use our online form to report a build up of litter.

Fines for littering

Adult offenders can be issued with a fixed penalty notice and fined £75 or prosecuted if they are abusive or give false details to our officers when they are approached. Failure to pay a fixed penalty fine can result in a prosecution and fine, if found guilty, of up to £2500.

Juveniles are usually offered the opportunity to attend a supervised two hour litter pick, but they can also be issued with a fixed penalty fine if they're 11 and above, and could be referred to youth court if they do not comply. 

You can pay by debit or credit card.

How you can help

Always use a litter-bin and encourage your children to follow the litter code - use a bin;if there isn't one nearby, keep hold of your litter until you find one.

Contact Neighbourhood Pride on (01226) 775656 if you want to complain about litter that needs clearing from council land,

If the issue is one that would benefit from more proactive work to reduce the litter problems, contact Community Safety and Enforcement Service, providing as much detail as possible about the location of the litter, where it is coming from, and who are the main culprits, as well as your details.


Community Safety and Enforcement Service
Barnsley Council
PO Box 634
Barnsley S70 9GG

Telephone: (01226) 772468

The Environment Agency
Tel: 08708 506506

Fly Tipping Hot Line
The Environment Agency
Telephone: 0800 80 70 60

To report streets, verges and parks that need sweeping or cleaning:

Neighbourhood Pride Team
Telephone: (01226) 770770

Collection of domestic bulky items and information about household waste recycling centres

Waste Management Service (Link
Telephone: (01226) 772045

Collection of abandoned needles

Telephone: (01226) 772468

Help with drug use and related matters

Barnsley Alcohol and Drug Advice Service
Tel: 01226 779066

The Barn (under 18s)
Tel: 01226 280532

National guidance and advice on littering

Keep Britain Tidy
Telephone : 01942 612621

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