Published: Friday, 15th Mar 2024

Bolton Council has approved fine increases for waste offences including flytipping and littering.

Fixed penalty notices for flytipping have increased from £400 to £600 with fines for littering doubling from £150 to £300. 

Fines for failure in Duty of Care in respect to household waste have increased from £400 to £600.

Such fines are often imposed on residents who use unlicenced waste carriers.       

All fines are subject to an early payment discount as below: 


Current full penalty 

Current discounted penalty

Full penalty as of April 2024

Discounted penalty as of April 2024











Waste Duty of Care (household)





Cllr Sue Haworth, Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services, said:

“As a council we welcome these fine increases, which are to act as a deterrent to those who commit waste offences.

“Flytipping and littering are issues that blight our borough, negatively impacting the lives of residents and business owners as well as costing the council to clear up the mess.

“We will continue to do everything we can to find those responsible for waste offences and hold them to account.

“It’s not just dumping waste yourself, you can be fined or prosecuted if your waste is flytipped by someone else on your behalf.

“You should always use a registered waste carrier if someone else is collecting your waste. 

“You can find a registered waste carrier in your area on the Environment Agency’s website.

“We want a cleaner borough so we can all enjoy a more pleasant place to live and work.”      

Environmental enforcement continues to be priority for the council with a team of officers dedicated to enforcement investigation.   

In the last six months (August 2023 to February 2024) Bolton Council has issued fines totalling £32,150 for waste offences.

This figure is almost 10 times higher than that for fines issued from August 2022 to February 2023.