Enforcing environmental crime

The City Council is continuing to use all of its powers to stop people committing environmental crimes and making those that do face the consequences. This includes officers patrolling the city centre and other districts, working with partners such as Northumbria Police and the Environment Agency and more use of
on the spot Fixed Penalty Notices.

Enforcement interventions are targeted at incidents where there is harm, or risk of harm, to the environment or public health; where the offence is commercially or financially motivated; or where the offence is witnessed. The City Council has therefore invested in new technology to enable real time viewing of fly-tipping and litter hotspots.

In 2018 it issued 5,025 fixed penalty notices for dropping litter – up 77 per cent on the previous year. Prosecutions were 758 – 84 per cent higher than in 2017.

In 2017 there were 186 prosecutions for fly-tipping and waste crimes compared to 257 in 2018


This is the illegal dumping of waste and it is a serious crime. Last year we received over 5500 reports of fly-tipping to Envirocall. If you witness a vehicle tipping waste illegally contact Northumbria Police on 101 at the time. If you think this waste is hazardous contact the Environment Agency Emergency Hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

In other circumstances please contact us through fly-tipping and how to report it.

In each of the periods 2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016 and 2016/2017, Newcastle City Council dealt with the second highest number of waste crimes recorded nationally.  


Littering in a public place not only makes a place look messy and run-down, it could be dangerous to health and is an offence. Last year we received over 2500 reports of littering to Envirocall.

The maximum fine for littering is £2500 but in many cases the offender will be given the option of paying a fixed penalty of £75. Car litter

Find out more about how we deal with litter.

Dog Fouling

Dog fouling is not only deeply unpleasant, it is dangerous. Contact with contaminated soil can in some cases cause toxocariasis - a nasty infection that can lead to dizziness, nausea, asthma and even blindness and seizures. Last year we received over 1000 reports to Envirocall about dog mess that owners hadn't cleaned up.

The maximum penalty for someone who doesn't clean up after their dog is £1000 and the fixed penalty is £100. 

Find out about how we deal with dog fouling.

Please note: This information has no legal force and is not an authoritative interpretation of the law, which is a matter for the Courts. It is intended to help everyone to understand in general terms, the main features of the legislation. The information is not a substitute for the legislation and you should refer to the text of the legislation for a full statement of legal requirements and obligations. Where appropriate, you should seek your own independent legal advice.

For further information contact: Environmental Protection service, Directorate of Operations and Regulatory Services, City of Newcastle upon Tyne, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH.
Phone:0191 2787878
Email: psr@newcastle.gov.uk

Contact Envirocall, our single point of contact for environmental issues or phone 0191 2787878 (ask for Envirocall).

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