Fly-tipping, litter & dog fouling
We are getting lots of reports of overflowing bins due to an increase in dog walkers because of Coronavirus. If you see an overflowing bin please take your rubbish and dog waste home with you if possible.
We remove litter and fly-tipping from public land, including streets and roadside verges.
The four town centres of Lydney, Coleford, Cinderford and Newent are cleansed every day between 6-8am. The suburbs of the towns, villages and roads across the district are cleaned on a rota basis but we will carry out an emergency clean-up if necessary.
We empty litter bins regularly.
Parish and Town Councils are responsible for installing and emptying dog waste bins.
In addition a road sweeper sweeps the road channels (gutters) of kerbed roads to remove grit, litter and general dirt which may have accumulated.
Report a litter bin overflowing
Report a street cleaning/ litter problem
Fly-tipping is when waste is dumped illegally on a site that has no licence to accept waste. Common fly-tipped items include larger domestic waste such as fridges and mattresses or commercial waste such as builders rubble and tyres.
We will clear fly-tipped waste, on public land once it has been checked for evidence, or pass the information on to the relevant party (i.e. Forestry Commission).
Responsibility for the removal of fly-tipping can rest with the Environment Agency or local authorities depending on the scale of the fly-tip. The Council will deal with small scale fly-tipping, while the Environment Agency works to tackle fly-tipping of a more serious nature.
What to do if you find fly-tipped waste:
- Do not touch the waste - it may contain syringes, broken glass, asbestos, toxic chemicals or other hazards
- Do not disturb the site - there may be evidence that could help identify the person or business responsible and lead to their prosecution
- Do visually try and work out what the waste consists of and how much there is
- Do make a note of the day, date and time you saw the tipping, its exact location and whether it is in or near water
If you witness fly-tipping make a note of:
- How many people are involved and what they look like
- What has been tipped - how much and what it looks like
- The make, colour and registration number of any vehicles involved
Fly-tipping is a problem because:
- It could be a hazard to the public
- It might cause damage to watercourses, or to underlying soil quality
- Fly-tipped material looks unsightly and can damage inward investment into an area
- Cleaning up fly-tipping costs taxpayers in money and time
- Fly-tipping undermines legitimate waste management activities
The law says:
- Persons who transport waste on a commercial basis must hold a current Waste Carrier's Licence issued by the Environment Agency
- Householders commit an offence if they pay a person without a Waste Carrier's Licence to remove their waste
- Waste can only be deposited at officially authorised sites
- Anyone fly-tipping waste is committing a serious offence and could face substantial fines or even a prison sentence
- Where fly-tipping involves the use of a vehicle, the driver can be prosecuted, as can the vehicle owner
- The Environment Agency has the power to seize vehicles used for fly-tipping under the Control of Pollution Amendment Act 1989
Report large scale incidents to the Environment Agency on 0800 807060.
Fly-posting is the unlawful display of advertisements (usually for events or businesses) pasted, attached or painted on to buildings, street furniture or other structures (including trees and the surface of the road or pavement) without the consent of the owner or the necessary permission.
It is a problem because:
- It can be unsightly and is a defacement of the property on which it is placed
- In some locations it could be a distraction to motorists
- It may obliterate or obscure legitimate signage, such as road signs
Charity events can advertise under certain conditions.
The law says:
- The application of posters, notices and stickers should be restricted to legal advertising sites which are authorised notice boards
- Persistent offenders can be issued with Fixed Penalty Notices or prosecuted
Dog fouling is when a person permits a dog in their charge to foul in a public place and fails to clean it away immediately after.
A public place means land to which the public has access within built up areas of the District, which includes roads, gutters, footpaths, verges, pedestrian areas, parks, school playing fields, sports grounds, and cemeteries etc.
Ideally, dogs should be trained from an early age to go at home in their own garden before or after a walk, rather than during.
If dog fouling does occur away from home it can be quickly and easily removed using any suitable plastic bag without your hands coming into contact with the faeces. Simply place your hand inside the bag, pick up the faeces, and then pull the bag down around your hand, effectively turning it inside out, and resulting in the waste now being contained within. Tie a knot in the bag and place it in a dog waste bin or take it home for disposal. If this is not possible, as a last resort double-wrap in two plastic bags and dispose of in a litter bin.
It is a problem because:
- Dog faeces carry many germs that can cause illness and in extreme cases could result in blindness
- It is both offensive to smell and to look at, and is extremely unpleasant to step in.
Report dog fouling
The Forest of Dean District Council removes dead animals from its own land and the public highway. We remove wild animals such as badgers and foxes.
If boar or deer are found please contact the Forestry Commission to arrange for removal on 0300 067 4800.
If we receive a report of a domestic pet such as cat or dog, we will try to find the owners through the pet’s collar or microchip. If there is no identification and if the animal is not causing a hazard, we will leave the animal for a short time to enable the owner to find their pet and dispose of it in the manner they would like. We will collect these types of animals if left.
We do not collect any animal smaller than a domestic cat or dog. If you do find a dead animal of smaller size, you can either deal with it yourself by double bagging the animal and putting it in the domestic waste bin or leave the animal to decompose naturally.
If you find more than five dead swans, wild gulls, waders or ducks please contact the Defra Helpline on 08459 335577 (9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday). You will be asked for details of the birds and the location.
We do not remove farm animals (such as cows, sheep or pigs) and you should report any dead farm animals to the owner if known.
We also do not collect dead animals from private property.
Please be aware that we use a specialised team to remove dead animals and unless a road is being blocked, the dead animal may be left in place until our next scheduled visit to the area.
Abandoned shopping trolleys
If you see a shopping trolley abandoned in the District please report it to the relevant store or supermarket.