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Rubbish and litter enforcement

Our Enfield Waste Enforcement Unit investigates:

  • residential and commercial rubbish incorrectly presented for collection
  • residential and commercial rubbish left on public and private land
  • business non-compliance of Duty of Care for trade rubbish
  • fly-tipping

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish, which an range in size and be either residential or commercial. We will take action against those found to be illegally dumping rubbish. For more information on fly-tipping, including how to report it, visit our rubbish dumping and litter page.

Residential and commercial rubbish must be presented for collection in a specific way. If this is not done, advice will initially be provided. However, if advice continues to be ignored, we will serve either a S.46 notice (for residents) or a S.47 notice (for commercial properties).

If this notice is not adhered to, a fixed penalty notice will be issued.

Residents arranging for third parties to dispose of rubbish

Residents must ensure rubbish from their properties is correctly disposed of, including when arranging for a third party to dispose of rubbish on their behalf.

If rubbish is illegally disposed of by an unlicensed waste carrier, formal enforcement action may be taken against the resident and other parties responsible. To check whether a waste carrier is licensed, visit GOV.UK.

Businesses disposing of rubbish

Businesses have a legal responsibility to safely contain and legally dispose of any rubbish they produce. They are also obliged to hold a valid waste transfer note from their current contractor, which our officers may ask to see. If a business fails to produce the correct documentation within seven days, a fixed penalty notice will be issued.

Type Amount
Non-compliance of S.80 notice for a business
Non-production of current trade waste agreement or valid transfer notes, following a S.34 producer
Non-compliance of S.47 notice
Non-compliance of S.80 notice for an individual
Dumped residential waste
Non-compliance of S.46 notice

Vehicles can be seized without a warrant. They can be impounded by authorised council officers for the following reasons:

  • If they are suspected of carrying waste without a valid waste carrier’s certificate under section 5A of the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989
  • If the vehicle has been or is about to be used in alleged offences of fly-tipping under section 34B of the Environmental Protection Act 1990
  • Suspected breach of duty of care in regard to waste under section 34B of the Environmental Protection Act 1990

Any claims for a vehicle that has been seized under these regulations must be registered within 15 working days for consideration.

The documentation required for a successful claim is stated on the seizure notice. Details of vehicles that have been seized can be viewed on this section. If no claims are registered within the 15 working days, vehicles can be disposed of.