Council publishes Scrutiny Report on Litter & Fly Tipping in Cardiff


Cardiff's Environmental Scrutiny Committee will receive a draft report on ‘Litter & Fly Tipping in Cardiff' at its meeting on Monday 18thFebruary.  During much of 2018 councillors on Cardiff's Environmental Scrutiny Committee looked into the litter and fly tipping challenges facing the city, with the aim of identifying practical and cost effective measures to help make the capital a cleaner place. In creating the report, councillors gathered evidence through a number of sources by:


  • Looking at best practice in litter and fly tipping management from across the United Kingdom; 
  • Undertaking a city wide survey to find out what local people actually thought about litter and fly tipping - this was completed by 3,443 residents;
  • Councillors taking part in a series of job shadowing exercises to see first-hand the challenges facing front line staff dealing with litter and fly tipping;
  • Running a workshop to engage with Cardiff's litter picking volunteers to find out how the Council can provide better support;
  • Speaking with key partner agencies such as Keep Wales Tidy and Natural Resources Wales.

The report makes recommendations across a number of areas including resource allocation & technology; enforcement & fines; education & awareness; bins; volunteering; general litter; fast food litter; fly tipping; dog fouling; chewing gum and smoking litter. Key recommendations made in the report include:

  • The creation of a dedicated litter enforcement team;
  • Improved use of technology to gather better data on litter and fly tipping, to support more efficient resource allocation;
  • Refreshing the ‘Love Where You Live' campaign to boost education and awareness across the city;
  • Better use of social media to deliver targeted litter & fly tipping messages;
  • Fewer but bigger bins;
  • Greater support for volunteer groups, including making the Volunteer Co-ordinator Post permanent;
  • Issuing fast food litter awareness stickers to all fast food establishments;
  • Increased use of CCTV for catching fly tippers.


Chair of the Council's Environmental Scrutiny Committee, Cllr Ramesh Patel said: "from the evidence gathered it is clear that local residents are concerned about the problems caused by litter and fly tipping.  This inquiry has listened to the public and created a series of recommendations that target the main problems, while being mindful of the financial issues currently facing the Council. I hope that the recommendations of the report are supported by the Cabinet and play a part in making Cardiff a cleaner place to live'.


Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Environment and Recycling, Cllr Michael Michael said: "I would like to thank the Environmental Scrutiny Committee and associated officers for the hard work put into compiling this interesting report. I look forward to discussing the report's key recommendations with Cabinet colleagues. The issue of littering and fly-tipping is something that this Administration takes very seriously which is why we have a zero tolerance approach to the issue. We have issued a number of penalty notices for fly-tipping since adopting new enforcement powers last July."


The draft report will be reviewed by the Environmental Scrutiny Committee after scrutiny of the Cardiff Council budget on Monday 18thFebruary. The meeting starts at 10:30am and will be held in Committee Room 4 in County Hall, Cardiff Bay.