What is littering?
There is no formal definition of litter. In practice,
litter is most commonly assumed to include materials often
associated with smoking, eating and drinking that are discarded and
left by members of the public who do not use the proper receptacles
such as litter bins.
Dropping or depositing litter on any land in the open air is an
offence contrary to the EPA 1990 s.87 and offenders will face
penalties. Neath Port Talbot has a
very successful Enforcement team, more information is available at
What we would ask of you
- Do not drop litter - use a street litter
bin for items such as wrappers, unwanted food, and food and
drink containers. If there is not a street litter bin in the
vicinity, please take it home with you. If you are witnessed
littering you will be fined and possibly prosecuted.
- Please do not place your domestic waste or recycling, or
commercial waste, out for collection until early on the morning of
your collection day. (Or as late as possible on the evening before
your collection day)
Reporting a problem with litter
If you are aware of a litter hot spot, an area or street with a
litter problem contact the Waste Enforcement Team by email at
or contact our Customer Service Centre on 01639 686868
Damaged litter bins
You can also report litter bin
problems (e.g. damaged, full).