Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

We can support community litter picks in line with Scottish Government Guidance. This includes loans of litter pickers and collection/disposal of collected litter. Keep Scotland Beautiful have updated their guidance on organising community litter picks.

For more information on Coronavirus (COVID-19), see www.falkirk.gov.uk/covid19.


We have launched our own Take Pride in your Community Facebook page!

The page will be updated regularly with a range of local and national initiatives to encourage and develop, our co-ordinated messages and approach to support the prevention of littering, dog fouling and fly tipping within our communities.

To find out more and to like the page, take a look - www.facebook.com/TakePrideinFalkirk

We believe the only long term solution to litter and other related issues, such as dog fouling and illegal dumping, is to find ways of preventing them from happening in the first place.

Our forthcoming Litter Strategy outlines the responsibility of the Council and community partners to each play their part in tackling litter. We will be inviting individuals, community organisations, businesses, and landowners to provide feedback on the strategy.

Litter Strategy and Action Plan

In Spring 2021 Waste services are launching it's 5 years Litter Strategy: A Cleaner Falkirk 2021 to 2026 and annual Litter Prevention Action Plan: Take Pride in Falkirk 2021.

Litter Strategy: A Cleaner Falkirk 2021-2026

The litter strategy is the overarching plan towards a 'litter free Falkirk' and transforming Falkirk's open spaces for the next 5 years.

The Strategy lays out our plans to:

  • Transform our open spaces and streets
  • Meet the Government's expectations towards a litter free Scotland
  • Reflect our community's desire to have a clean and healthy local environment free of litter, fly-tipping and dog waste.

Our aims:

  • Prevention of litter, fly-tipping and dog fouling
  • Minimisation of detritus and debris on our roads/streets
  • Encouraging personal responsibility and behaviour change

Reasons for the new strategy:

  • Support the Scottish Government's National Litter Strategy Towards a Litter-free Scotland. The national strategy was implemented to encourage people to take greater responsibility and for organisations to be more accountable as part of the overall focus on preventing litter and flytipping.
  • Deliver the requirements for the Code of Practice for Litter and Refuse (CoPLAR) 2018.
  • Importance of maintaining a clean environment and clear statement of how we intend to achieve this aim
  • Continuing pressure on Council budgets

Priorities of the litter strategy

  • Prevention – key and consistent messages throughout council
  • Service optimisation – how we adapt and align our services to meet the requirements of CoPLAR 2018
  • Monitoring
  • Assets and infrastructure
  • Enforcement – used in balance for preventative measure, enforcement by itself is expensive and does not address the issue directly
  • Demand management – working with communities and organisations to ensure that the environment around facilities, are maintained in a condition which users expect
  • Reduce the disposal of street cleaning waste

Litter Prevention Action Plan: Take a Pride in Falkirk 2021

Our Litter Prevention Action Plan actions are designed to create and facilitate a culture of zero tolerance towards litter to keep Falkirk clean and beautiful.

The Litter Prevention Action Plan outlines our actions against each of these areas:

  • Information - ensuring effective and consistent messaging to prevent littering
  • Infrastructure - improving the facilities and services needed to reduce litter and promote recycling
  • Enforcement - strengthening the deterrent effect of legislation

We cannot address litter and flytipping alone. We are committed to working together with our local partners to share resources, deliver objectives, provide knowledge and ideas, and influence others.

We will work with and alongside communities to achieve our aim of cleaner open spaces, focusing on prevention and insert into service delivery by:

  • Working in partnership
  • Focusing on need
  • Being honest, open and accountable
  • Providing equality of opportunity
  • Developing our employees
  • Making best use of our resources

Our Litter Prevention Action Plan actions are designed to create and facilitate a culture of zero tolerance towards litter to keep Falkirk clean and beautiful.


Waste Services

We work with community groups, schools, individuals and local businesses and can help you improve your area in many ways, including:

  • Local clean ups – we support local litter picking activities
  • Encouraging residents to correctly make use of the kerbside collection services, by maximising recycling and reducing waste sent to landfill
  • Encouraging businesses to comply with their business waste requirements
  • Promoting responsible and community minded behaviours for example – picking up their own dog waste, promoting and developing campaigns such as Green Dog Walkers, and promoting the re-use of bulky household items which can be used by others
  • Taking enforcement action where it merits, such as issuing fixed penalty notices or reporting to the Procurator Fiscal, and partnership working with Police Scotland and SEPA to prevent further waste crimes being committed.
  • Promoting through our website and social media messaging the good work being carried out in local communities throughout Falkirk.

If you would like more information on the work of the Litter Strategy, or to join in with our latest campaigns, please contact us:

Street Cleansing

Street Cleansing clean streets, paths and drains as well as other public areas where we remove litter and flytipping. We also service street litter bins.

Litter is waste in the wrong place. Litter is anything that is thrown down, dropped or deposited and left that causes defacement, in a public place by any person.

Flytipping is the illegal dumping of waste. It is not only illegal, but unattractive and can be dangerous especially to children and wildlife.

Report a street litter bin

Report dog fouling

To report dog fouling in your area please contact us:

Report hazardous materials

Report discarded syringes

Discarded syringes can be reported 24 hours a day.


Frequently asked questions

    Why does Falkirk Council need a litter strategy?

    The Strategy supports the Scottish Government's National Litter Strategy "Towards a Litter-free Scotland" which was launched in 2014 and the Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse (Scotland) which is known as (CoPLAR 2018).

    Falkirk council wants to ensure its practices are relevant and effective to prevent litter, flytipping and dog fouling. We need provide the most efficient and effective services to our residents, to this it requires innovation and ambition as laid out in the strategy.

    What is a Litter Prevention Action Plan?

    The Litter Prevention Action Plan outlines our actions against the Scottish national strategy's cornerstones: information, infrastructure and enforcement.

    • Information - ensure effective and consistent messaging to prevent littering
    • Infrastructure - improve the facilities and services needed to reduce litter and promote recycling
    • Enforcement - strengthen the deterrent effect of legislation

    We will work with and alongside our communities to achieve our aim of cleaner open spaces. To do this we will embed prevention into service delivery, to encourage and facilitate the transition from reactive cleaning to proactive prevention and behavioural change. The goal is to have a litter free Falkirk.

    What is CoPLAR 2018?

    The Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse (CoPLAR) provides practical guidance on fulfilling the duties under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, Section 89. These are to, as far as is practicable:

    • keep land clear of litter and refuse (Duty 1)
    • to keep certain roads clean (Duty 2)

    What is litter?

    Litter is simply waste in the wrong place. Litter is anything that is thrown down, dropped or left in a public place. Litter is an offence as per Litter (Fixed Penalty Notices) (Scotland) Order 2014, and can result in the issue of an £80 Fixed Penalty Notice.

    Street Litter Control Notices can be issued where litter can be clearly traced back to certain types of business, such as take-away food premises. This results in the business owner being responsible for keeping the front of their premises clear of litter.

    What is fly tipping?

    Illegal dumping or fly tipping of waste is the larger items of waste that are not being disposed of correctly. Fly tipped items can include furniture, black bag waste, garden waste and soil.

    Fly Tipping is an offence as per Section 33A Environmental Protection Act 1990, and can result in a £200 Fixed Penalty Notice being issued for offences committed and/or prosecution. However, fines can be issued up to £20,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment. If a case is heard in the High Court, fines can be unlimited and offenders face up to 2 years imprisonment, or 5 years if hazardous waste is dumped. Where fly-tipping involves the use of a vehicle, the driver can be prosecuted, as can the owner of the vehicle. The Police also have powers to seize vehicles used for fly-tipping.

    What is dog fouling?

    Dog fouling is where any person in charge of a dog fails to immediately remove and dispose of appropriately any excrement after a dog has fouled without reasonable excuse or the consent of the landowner. Dog fouling is an offence.

    If you do not clean up after your dog you may face an £80 on-the-spot fine, increasing to £100 if not paid within 28 days. If you refuse to pay the fine, you may be prosecuted and may face a court appearance with a maximum penalty of £500. Registered blind dog owners are exempt from penalties.