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.
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 Fixed Penalty Notice for littering is £150, reduced to £100 if paid within 14 days.