We provide around 1,450 litter bins across the Falkirk Council area. Where they are and how popular they are will affect how often they are emptied.

If a litter bin is full, please find another one or take your rubbish home. Your litter is your responsibility. Leaving litter in a public place can result in a fine of up to £2,500.

To report a full or vandalised bin please call us:


Frequently asked questions

  1. Are biodegradable things like apple cores, banana skins or orange peel, or breadcrumbs that birds can eat, considered to be litter?
  2. Can I be prosecuted if my child drops litter and I don't pick it up?
  3. Is it a crime to drop litter?
  4. What is the most common type of litter?
  5. What is the penalty for dropping litter?
  6. Is it illegal to drop a cigarette butt?
  7. Do I have to provide cigarette bins for people smoking outside my premises?
  8. Do I have to provide bins outside my premises?

Are biodegradable things like apple cores, banana skins or orange peel, or breadcrumbs that birds can eat, considered to be litter?

Yes, even though these will eventually degrade. Place these items in a bin or take them home.


Can I be prosecuted if my child drops litter and I don't pick it up?

No, but we would ask that you speak to your child and explain to them why dropping litter is wrong. Litter is everyone’s responsibility.


Is it a crime to drop litter?

Yes.


What is the most common type of litter?

The most common type of litter is smoking related and includes packets, lighters and cigarettes butts. This is followed by sweet wrappers, drinks related litter and fast food litter.


What is the penalty for dropping litter?

A person who is guilty of dropping litter can be responsible for a fine of up to £2,500. It is unlikely you will have heard of anyone getting a fine this high. However, you may have heard of a smaller £80 fixed penalty.


Is it illegal to drop a cigarette butt?

Yes. Cigarette ends should be stubbed out and placed into a bin or a personal ashtray and kept until you reach a bin.


Do I have to provide cigarette bins for people smoking outside my premises?

You are not legally obliged to provide cigarette bins. However, we would encourage their use because they will prevent litter and reinforce the message that your premises are no smoking.


Do I have to provide bins outside my premises?

Businesses have a legal responsibility to properly contain and store the rubbish they produce.

It is important that all businesses understand that we do not hold them responsible for the behaviour of their customers. However, we believe that businesses have a ‘social responsibility’ to help to prevent, control and reduce litter associated with the products that they sell.

This can be done through the display of promotional materials and packaging carrying anti-litter messages. For more ideas and information, please contact the Litter Strategy Team on 01324 504433 or email us at litterzone@falkirk.gov.uk.