Litter and Fly-tipping

Page last updated at 24 August 2015 at 12:48

Litter and Fly-tipping  

Litter picking is carried out continuously throughout the Borough, with busy areas such as routes to school, town and shopping areas being visited daily and litter removed.

There are four grades of cleanliness:Litter1

Grade A: no litter or refuse.
Grade B: predominately free of litter and refuse apart from some small items.
Grade C: widespread distribution of litter and refuse with minor accumulations.
Grade D: heavily littered with significant accumulations of litter and refuse.


The whole Borough has been surveyed and divided up into zones according to usage and volume of traffic.

If the cleanliness of an area falls below the grade shown above, the Code of Practice sets out a response time which is the target for the Eastleigh Borough Council to restore the land to a particular grade of cleanliness.

Litter bins
The Council has provided in excess of 800 litter bins throughout the Borough. Our target is to empty all bins before they are full or overflowing. If we receive a report regarding a full/overflowing bin, we will empty within one working day.

If you need to report a damaged or vandalised bin follow the link to Streetscene below.

Fly-tipping/illegally dumped wasteFly Tipping

Fly-tipping is the 'illegal deposit of any waste onto land’ i.e. waste dumped or tipped on a site with no license to accept it.

  • During 2014/2015 there were 587 incidents of fly-tipping costing £52,245.
  • The most common types of fly-tipped waste are household waste, large domestic items such as mattresses and fridges, garden waste and industrial waste.
  • Only holders of waste management licenses can recover, transport, deposit or dispose of waste.
  • The majority of offender’s fly-tip to avoid paying the landfill tax (the charge that has to be paid to dispose of waste legally).
  • The environment agency investigates the larger scale incidents of fly-tipping, hazardous waste and those involving organised gangs of fly-tippers while local authorities are responsible for clearing up fly-tipping on publicly owned land including roads and lay-bys.
  • It can take between four to six weeks to remove fly-tipped waste depending on the legal process involved if the waste is hazardous. The relevant agency will deal with the problem within 24 hours. For high risk waste, the response is likely to be within the hour.

The Council will remove illegally dumped rubbish from the public highway or Council owned land within 2 working days. For larger accumulations, the Council will work with the Environment Agency to arrange for the removal of the waste. The removal of fly-tipping from private land is the owner's responsibility however; we will provide advice on its removal.

Fly-tipping is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978 and various Highways Acts

Fly-tipping fines can be up to £20,000 and/or six months' imprisonment.