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Clean Streets Enforcement Campaign

Clean Streets Enforcement Campaign

What the Clean Streets Enforcement Campaign is about, how much you could get fined and how you can pay your fine.

Changes to fines

From May 14 2019, fines for some environmental crimes such as fly-tipping and graffiti are increasing and we're removing the early payment rate for some offences.

We're also introducing fines for breaching the Domestic Duty of Care regulations.

Littering fines are not being increased.

What we’re doing

We're working with environmental enforcement company 3GS to tackle environmental crimes in Bristol.

Environmental Enforcement Officers will patrol the city every day to cut down on environmental crime and increase environmental awareness.

If you're caught committing an environmental crime such as littering, you'll be given a fixed penalty notice charge (fine) on the spot. If you don't pay the  fine it'll be transferred to a court prosecution process.

What is an 'environmental crime'

Environmental crime has a negative impact on our streets and costs tax payers and the council thousands of pounds each year.

Environmental crimes include:

  • Dropping litter on the street or from your vehicle: this includes chewing gum and cigarette butts
  • Graffiti: this includes painting or damaging a tree or any road signs
  • Fly-posting
  • Fly-tipping 
  • Nuisance parking
  • Not putting your domestic or commercial waste (pdf, 164KB) (opens new window) out properly
  • Breach of a Community Protection Notice 
  • Breach of Public Space Protection Orders: not clearing up your dog’s mess, not keeping your dog under control, taking a dog into an excluded area such as an enclosed children’s play area,  drinking in a no-drinking area

What happens if you’re stopped 

If an enforcement officer sees you commit an environmental crime they’ll ask for your name and address so they can issue you with a Fixed Penalty Notice (fine).

If you refuse to give your details, the officer will be able to use the information they’ve recorded on their body cameras. This information is often enough to identify someone.

If you refused to give your details, you may be taken to court and given a much larger fine:

  • Up to £2,500 for the environmental crime
  • Up to £1,000 for obstructing an authorised officer

How you can recognise the enforcement officers

The enforcement officers wear polo shirts with the 3GS logo on them, and the Bristol City Council emblem on their epaulettes. They also carry warrant cards to identify themselves.

Paying your fines

You’ll need to pay your fine within 14 days.

If you pay your fine within 10 days you’ll only have to pay the reduced rate.

Cost of fines. Updated 14 May 2019

Offence Full fine Reduced rate
Dropping litter in the street or from your vehicle    £100 £65
Dropping chewing gum and cigarette butts  £100 £65
Graffiti  £150  
Fly posting   £150  
Flytipping £400  
Distribution of printed materials £150  
Nuisance parking:  parking two or more cars for sale on the road,  non-emergency repairs to a vehicle on the road £100  
Abandoned vehicle £200  
Not putting your commercial waste out properly £100  
Not putting your domestic waste out properly, such as leaving your bin on the street on a non bin day £80  
Breach of household waste duty of care £200  
Breach of Community Protection Notice £100  
Commercial Waste Receptacles £110  
Fail to produce Waste Transfer Notes £300  
Fail to produce Waste Carriers Licence £300  
Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO)    
Not clearing up your dog’s mess £100 £60
Not keeping your dog under control in a public area £100 £60
Taking a dog into a excluded area: enclosed children’s play areas  £100 £60
Drinking in a no-drinking area £100 £60
     

For fines issued by 3GS after 5 February 2019

You can pay your fine:

  • Online
  • By phone: 01256 898 911

For fines issued by Kingdom before 5 February 2019

You can pay your fine:    

You'll need your:

  • Fixed Penalty Notice number
  • Debit or credit card

If you don’t pay your fine

If you don’t pay your fine within 14 days, you could get taken to court. You could be fined up to £2,500 and you may get a criminal record.

Number of environmental crime cases prosecuted at court 

2018: 563

How much this costs us

This service is funded by the fines that the enforcement officers bring in. That means that it won’t cost the Bristol tax payer anything.

Any left over money will be used to tackle environmental issues in the city.

Why we’re doing this

74% of people in Bristol think that litter is a problem in the city. Last year around 7,000 tonnes of waste was collected from the streets. 

Picking up litter costs the city £6 million a year. This is money that could be better spent elsewhere.

Let us know about litter

You can report a street that needs cleaning if you see litter or any other mess in a public area.

Complaints and feedback

Make a complaint or give feedback about the Clean Streets Enforcement campaign.

Who has been fined?

Number of people

  • March 2019: 608
  • February 2019: 420
  • January 2019: 513
  • 2018: 10,025
  • 2017: 1,967

Gender:

  • Female: 46.84 %
  • Male: 53.16 %

Age range:

Age range Percentage to date
18 1.74 %
19   2.97 %
20 to 29 37.29 %
30 to 39 26.18 %
40 to 49   13.58 %
50 to 59 8.71 %
60 to 69 0.53 %
Not known 9.09 %

About 3GS

3GS has taken over environmental enforcement in the city from Kingdom. 

They’ll be responsible for:

  • patrolling and issuing Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to reduce street offences such as littering and dog fouling
  • educating businesses and members of public about offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, such as littering and fly-tipping 

3GS are using a fixed fee model. This means enforcement officers will earn a set amount from their patrolling duties. 3GS will use any extra funds from FPNs for education and promotional purposes.