Keep Barnet Clean

The Keep Barnet Clean campaign sees us take action against those who commit enviro-crimes such as littering and fly tipping.

Litter poster

We're targeting:

  • Littering
  • Dog fouling
  • Spitting
  • Urinating
  • Flyposting
  • Fly-tipping
  • Commercial waste duty of care
  • Time banded collection regulation breaches

Littering: £100
Dropping litter anywhere is an offence. Litter is everything from food packaging to cigarette butts and chewing gum. It can also include feeding birds.


Dog fouling: £100
If your dog fouls in a public place and you fail to pick it up it, it is an offence.


Spitting: £100
It is an offence to spit on public surfaces, roads, pavements or streets.


Urinating: £100
It is an offence to urinate on public surfaces, roads, pavements or streets.


Fly-posting: £80
It is an offence to display advertising material on buildings and street furniture without the consent of the owner.


Fly-tipping: You could be fined £400 or prosecuted. Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. It can vary in scale significantly, from a bin bag of rubbish to larger bulky waste items dumped, such as mattresses or white goods. 


Commercial waste duty of care: £300
Businesses have a duty of care to ensure their waste is removed by a licensed waste carrier.  If we suspect a business is not dealing with its waste correctly, we can issue a notice requiring the production of waste transfer documents. Failure to produce the documents results in the issue of a fine. Businesses can find out more about their commercial waste responsibilities.


Time banded collection regulations breaches: £120

We have introduced specific times in which households and businesses in town centres must put out their waste for collection. Households as well as some businesses in time banded areas will need to put their recycling and waste out in sacks for collection rather than using bins.  Households will have clear sacks for recycling and purple sacks for general refuse available to them. Businesses who have collections with Barnet Council will have blue sacks for recycling and red sacks for refuse waste available to them.  

You may receive a fine or face prosecution if you put your recycling and waste out for collection outside of these times or not in the correct coloured bags. Our Enforcement Team will be monitoring the streets to ensure that waste is put out and collected correctly.

You can find out more here time banded collections


What you can do to help

Report a problem

To help the council track issues, we ask that you use our 'report a problem' online form.

Use a bin

We encourage everyone to use one of our 3000 bins across the borough or take your litter home to dispose of when you get home.

Adopt a place

If you want to maintain a feature in a park or a local public space, why not ‘adopt a place?’ The scheme provides groups with support, materials and tools to undertake gardening or maintenance activities. You could build new skills and brighten up your local area. To find out more, email

Put up a poster