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Litter and the law

Mid Ulster District Council is responsible for enforcing laws on litter. We also deal with a range of other offences like fly-tipping, graffiti, fly-posting and dog fouling.

Under the Litter (Northern Ireland) Order 1994, it's a criminal offence to drop litter (which includes cigarette butts or chewing gum). This means we can fine or prosecute offenders.  

Paying a fine
If you're caught littering, you'll be issued with a fixed penalty notice and will have to pay a fine of £80. You must pay the fine within 14 days to avoid prosecution. 

You can pay by phone, post or in-person.

If you don't pay the fine
If you don't pay the fixed penalty you'll be summonsed to appear in court, and if convicted you could face a fine of up to £2,500. 

For further information or to report a littering offence please contact our Clean Neighbourhood Enforcement Officers on:

Telephone 03000 132 132 or email our Environmental Health Department. 

You can now report environmental issues such as dog-fouling, fly-tipping, litter or graffiti direct from your smart phone or tablet through the Council's Binovation app.  

Simply download the app free of charge, from the App store or Google Play store onto your smart phone or tablet.

Live Here Love Here

Get involved in local community clean ups!  

Live Here Love Here offers  volunteering opportunities under the headings of Clean Ups, Green Ups and Spruce Ups. 

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