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Can you afford to throw £150 away?

A yellow Fiat car and take away litter and cigarette butts.

Tuesday 16 August 2022

We all Love Essex and want to keep our county looking its best. But, keeping Essex clean and tidy is costing the tax payer over £17.5 million a year!

More than 2 million pieces of litter are dropped in the UK every day. We are here to remind you that our roads are for driving on, not littering on!

That’s why local authorities across Essex are working in partnership with KFC and McDonalds restaurants to continue the battle against litter. Banners will be displayed at 23 KFC and 25 McDonalds drive-through restaurants with the message “It’s a takeaway not a throwaway”, as well as distributing stickers on packaging.

Anyone caught throwing litter out of their vehicle will face increased Fixed Penalty Notices from £75 up to £150, or upon conviction in a court, a maximum fine of £2,500 plus all costs awarded.

Check out our car littering video on YouTube.

See it, report it

If you see someone littering you may be able to report it to the local authority where you saw the incident. 

By contacting the local authority where you saw the incident, you will be helping to keep Essex clean, and helping to deter others from littering. Thank you to everyone who has already submitted a car littering report.

To report a littering offence or to raise a street cleaning request, please choose from the below list of local authorities:

Basildon

Braintree

Brentwood

Castle Point

Chelmsford

Colchester

Epping Forest

Harlow

Maldon

Rochford

Tendring

Uttlesford