What is the difference between illegal dumping and littering?
Both activities are considered 'littering' and are governed by the Litter Act 1979 however territorial authorities (Councils) have the power to either infringe an offender or file charges against them. This decision would be made in accordance with the type and severity of the 'littering'. The Litter Act outlines several categories - litter, dangerous litter and offensive litter.
- Litter covers a range of material from refuse, rubbish and animal remains, to rubble, garden waste and grass clippings.
- Dangerous litter takes in things likely to cause injury, disease or infection, ranging from glass to sharp metal and medical waste.
- Offensive litter includes rotting food, animal remains and discarded nappies.