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Litter

We provide and empty over 850 litter bins across our district, use our online mapping to find a litter bin. The bins can be used for dog waste, but it has to be in a bag.

We empty bins at busy places up to four times a day, main street and playground bins are emptied daily and bins in villages and quieter places are emptied weekly.

Report a full street litter bin online

or call our customer services team.

Dropping litter outdoors is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. We take action against people who litter and can issue fixed penalty notices for littering.

We encourage people not to drop litter and to use our litter bins, or to take rubbish home with them.

Removing litter

You can help keep your neighbourhood clean and tidy by:

  • using our help and guidance service for volunteers who want to carry out community litter picking
  • asking us to sweep and clear up problem litter on highways, or land owned by us or by Cumbria County Council

Please contact us for advice and information.

Litter picks on or near roads

We ask groups and volunteers to not litter pick on high speed or busy roads.

While we welcome and appreciate the work of volunteers in helping to take pride in their community, it is unsafe to carry out this type of litter pick.

We work in partnership with Cumbria County Council and Highways England to coordinate litter picks on grass verges we are responsible for while road maintenance is being undertaken.

If you notice litter on roads or verges next to a highway, please report it.

Penalties for littering

We can issue fixed penalty notices of up to £100 where we have evidence of littering. If the fixed penalty notice isn't paid magistrates courts can give much larger fines.

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