Litter in Hull
Littering offences can result in a £150 fine or prosecution.

Hull residents prosecuted for littering  

Hull City Council is continuing to warn residents to dispose of their litter responsibly, to avoid a substantial fine or prosecution.   

The warning comes after 10 residents, who failed to pay fines issued by the Council, were convicted in Hull Magistrates’ Court this month (March) after littering in Beverley Road, Prospect Street, Hessle Road, Carr Lane, St Georges Road, Ferensway and Boulevard. 

All residents were issued a criminal record and ordered to pay fines and costs totalling a combined £4,120. 

According to Keep Britain Tidy, more than two million pieces of litter are dropped in the UK every day, which is an estimated street cleaning cost to the taxpayers of more than £1 billion a year.  

Doug Sharp, Head of Street Cleansing and Waste Management at Hull City Council, said: “Despite residents being repeatedly asked to take their litter home or dispose of it responsibly, there are still individuals who think it’s acceptable to throw down litter. It makes the city look unsightly.   
“At Hull City Council we want to make it absolutely clear that littering will not be tolerated.     

“We urge residents to always dispose of waste responsibly and in accordance with the law, to avoid being fined or prosecuted.”   

Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, makes it an offence for any person to throw down, drop or otherwise deposit and leave litter.   

Anyone seen littering faces receiving a £150 fine.  

If the fine is not paid the case is passed on to the council’s legal team and the courts for prosecution.   

Prosecution for littering will result in a criminal record and a maximum fine of £2,500.  

To report people responsible for littering (this includes littering from vehicles or businesses), visit Littering | Hull, or call, 01482 300 300.  

Anyone issued with a fine for littering is urged to pay it to avoid prosecution. To pay a fine contact the Council’s enforcement contractor LA Support Limited by visiting Hull (, or calling 0800 781 6229. 

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The Guildhall in Hull, with Charles Wilson statue in the foreground