Litter & flytipping infrastructure

An overview of the infrastructure that helps tackle litter & flytipping.

In order to allow us to dispose of our waste responsibly the correct infrastructure needs to be in place to make it easy for people to do the right thing. 

Infrastructure is a key theme in the National Litter Strategy.  From bins, to the way products are designed, improving infrastructure can help to reduce the litter and flytipping problem.

  • Recycle on the Go units are being rolled out across the country to provide the public with the opportunity to separate different types of materials for recycling while out and about as well as at home.
  • Product design is about designing out items that have the potential to become litter such as reusable coffee cups instead of paper/polystyrene cups Link to keep cups project
  • Issues such as escaping waste during bin collections and the type of service provision available are being looked at as part of the strategy actions
  • The Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse is being reviewed, this will allow new approaches to managing litter to be implemented. Link to CoPLAR

What can I do to support this?

  • Make use of the facilities available in your local community to prevent litter and flytipping:
    • Use litter bins and Recycle on the Go bins to dispose your waste correctly;
    • If there isn’t a bin available take your waste home or keep hold of it until you find a bin;
    • If you have large items you no longer need that are still in good condition, you can have them collected for free by calling the National re-use phone line;
    • Make use of your nearest Household Waste and Recycling Centre or Recycling Point;
    • Request a bulky or special uplift by contacting your local authority;
    • Make best use of all options available through your kerbside collection to ensure that you are recycling as much as possible to avoid excess waste;
  • Use refillable water bottles or take along a reusable cup next time you get a coffee to go;
  • Household waste and recycling bins are often a source of litter (and sometimes flytipping) due to incorrect storage and presentation, the weather, vermin being attracted to them or through vandalism. Ensure your bins and storage areas are kept clean and secure, and that household bins are presented as close as possible to the collection time and taken back into premises afterwards;
  • Report missing or damaged infrastructure (waste, litter and recycling bins) to your Local Authority or land manager, so they can rectify this or engage the responsible party. This includes infrastructure that has been damaged, (e.g. by vandalism);
  • Report litter hotspots or known flytipping sites to your local authority, this will help them to build up details of where action needs to be taken to stop the problem. For example installing bins or a barrier to prevent access to an area where flytipping is a problem. It is helpful if you photograph the problem to allow the authority to assess the issue;
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