Litter can range in size from a single cigarette butt to a bag full of rubbish. Litter in a public place is unsightly, dangerous to animals, and is an offence.
In the town centre there are over 80 litter bins and each is emptied at least daily. There are also separate bins in the parks and public open spaces for bagged dog waste. Wellingborough Norse litter pick and sweep the roads and footpaths helping to keep the environment clean. They also empty litter and dog bins and remove flytipping from Council land and the public highway. All areas maintained by Wellingborough Norse have been classified into one of three main land zones:
- Zone 1 – Areas cleaned daily
- Zone 2 – Areas cleaned weekly of fortnightly depending on the location and need.
- Zone 3 - Areas cleansed as required
The Environmental Protection Act of 1990 states that if a person drops, throws, deposits, or leaves anything that causes defacement in a public place, they are committing a littering offence. So always try to use a litter bin or take it home. The Council in partnership with Northamptonshire Police have accredited officers who now have powers to issue fixed penalty notices in respect of litter, flytipping, dog fouling, graffiti and fly-posting. The average fine for littering is around £75, but can be up to £2,500.