Reporting drug related activity and drug litter

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Drug litter

A wide range of materials can be associated with drug use, with the highest concern being discarded hypodermic needles (also known as sharps).

Drug litter also includes the equipment used for taking drugs which is known as drug paraphernalia. This may include:

  • Needles or syringes
  • Tin foil
  • Cling film
  • Baby wipes
  • Bottles that have been modified to make bongs (used to inhale illegal substances)
  • Gas canisters.

Ipswich Borough Council is responsible for the collection and safe disposal of drug related litter that has been irresponsibly disposed of on local authority land as well as other areas that are open to the public.

Reporting drug related activity and drug litter

Please report any drug related litter and activity to us as this means we can send a team out to safely clear it up and helps us identify hotspot locations which we can monitor and report to the Police.

If you see of any of the above items please telephone the Cleaner Ipswich Hotline immediately on 01473 432000 with details of the litter you are reporting and the location of the items. 

Report a street cleaning problem

A nominal charge may be made for removing needles found on private land, although we would ask that any ‘find’ is still reported via the Cleaner Ipswich Hotline for further advice.

Please do not attempt to dispose of needles or drug paraphernalia yourself as it could be dangerous.

If you do receive a needle stick injury, please refer to the NHS website for advice.

Drug related activity

Ipswich Borough Council works in partnership with Suffolk Constabulary in order to address drug-related issues.

Please report any drug-related activity to the police. This will allow us to direct our resources more effectively.

999 is the number to call if you require an immediate police response (i.e. a crime is in progress or about to happen). You don’t have to provide your details if you don’t want to.

101 is the number for police if the matter is less serious.

You can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. They will not ask for your personal details.

Contact Details

Ipswich Borough Council
Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,

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01473 432000