Waste Enforcement

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The Council’s Enforcement Officers deal with a variety of environmental issues on public land that can have a negative impact on the local environment. They undertake routine patrols in the Borough of Ipswich.


  • Is a criminal offence, punishable by fines of up to £2500
  • Dropping cigarette butts is considered littering
  • Dropping them down drains is still considered littering
  • Dropping organic waste including seed husks is considered littering
  • Officers patrol the town and can issue a £150 Fixed Penalty Notice to offenders if they catch someone dropping litter.

Fly-tipping / Illegal Dumping

  • Is a criminal offence, punishable by unlimited fines and/or a custodial sentence of up to 5 years
  • Officers investigate incidents of illegal waste and issue fixed penalty notices to offenders
  • If you see it, report it here

 Duty Of Care

  • Residents have a responsibility to make sure anyone collecting their waste is licensed
  • If you do not, you could face prosecution
  • Ask the driver to see their waste carrier’s license. All waste carriers must have this by law. If they do not have one, or it is out of date, refuse to deal with them and report them to the Environment Agency. The register of waste carriers, brokers and dealers can be found here
  • 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 the timeframe given, a fixed penalty notice may be issued.

Dog Fouling

  • Is a criminal offence, punishable by fines of up to £1000
  • Owners must carry bags, not having a bag is not an excuse
  • Officers regularly patrol and can give fixed penalty notices to offenders
  • Report a dog fouling hotspot here

 Stray Dogs

  • Officers collect stray dogs if first captured by the finder
  • It is an offence to have an un-chipped dog
  • Report a stray dog here

 Abandoned Vehicles

  • It is an offence to abandon a vehicle on open land
  • Is punishable by fines of up to £1000
  • Officers investigate and remove vehicles deemed to be abandoned
  • Report an abandoned vehicle here




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Contact Details

Environmental Health,
Ipswich Borough Council,
3W Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,