We have enforcement officers on the streets and in parks fining people who drop litter or who don't clean up after their dogs.
Fixed penalty notices of £100 can be handed out to anyone caught littering and also irresponsible dog walkers who haven't cleared up dog mess.
Paying a fixed penalty notice
Anyone issued with a fixed penalty notice has 14 days to pay. Non payment could result in court action. The ticket includes of details of how to pay. The easiest way to pay is online. It is an offence not to clear up immediately after your dog has fouled. Dog waste should be bagged and placed in dog waste bins. If there isn't a dog waste bin nearby, you can place dog waste in a litter bin as long as it's bagged, or take it home with you and place in your rubbish bin.
Littering is a criminal offence. Those who do not pay their fixed penalty notice are reported for prosecution, recent prosecutions at Guildford Magistrates' Court detailed below:
January 2018 - 25 people prosecuted. Twenty-three handed fines and costs of £230 each, of the other two, one was fined £115, the other £255 (involved spitting).
March 2018 26 people prosecuted. Twenty-four were handed compensation orders and costs of £150 each, £125 for the other two.
Between May 2018 and April 2019 there were 61 successful prosecutions with similar penalties handed down.
Note that cases continue to be referred for prosecution.