NALC Legal Topic Notes

[16] CONTROL OF LITTER

The law relating to the control of litter was thoroughly overhauled by Part IV of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (the 1990 Act) with the aim of placing primary responsibility for the control of litter on highways and other areas of land, to which the public have access, on the appropriate local authority. In addition, the legislation provides that the owners and occupiers of land (including local councils) can be required to keep their land free from litter. Changes to the law made by the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 are incorporated within this Note. Legal briefings (Refs. L03-06, L05-06) regarding Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 (the 2005 Act), are also available.


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