Fines for fly-tipping and graffiti increase from today: 3GS officer-2

14 May 2019

Fines for fly-tipping and graffiti increase from today

People are being warned that from today (May 14), fines for certain environmental crimes such as fly-tipping and graffiti have increased.

The council has also removed the early payment rate for some offences, as part of tougher measures to reduce the amount of graffiti and waste across the city. 

Environmental crime has a significant negative impact on the wellbeing of people in Bristol and visitors to the area, and the council is committed to trying to clean up the city and change the behaviour of people who continue to disrespect their environment.

The Clean Streets Campaign was launched by the Mayor in November 2016, with the aim of making the city measurably cleaner by 2020. Delivering the Mayor’s Clean Streets pledge and tackling environmental crime in the city remains one of the council’s and the city’s, top priorities.

Councillor Steve Pearce, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Waste, said: “We appreciate that these are issues that people feel very strongly about and as part of the Clean Streets Campaign we are working very hard to reduce the amount of graffiti and waste across the city.

"Although areas of the city have already become significantly cleaner, much more work needs to be done, particularly in relation to behaviour change, and removing the early payment rate and increasing the penalty for certain offences sends a clear message.

“We believe these tougher fines will send a clear message and act as a deterrent, and help us to further protect Bristol from people who continue to break the rules.”

In addition to this increase, the council are also introducing fines for breaching the new Domestic Duty of Care regulations, which require people to take all available steps to make sure that any disposal of household waste is only done by an authorised person or company.

Littering fines are not being increased.

To find out more about the new fines, go to https://www.bristol.gov.uk/bins-recycling/clean-streets-enforcement-campaign