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Rubbish in front gardens

Find out what action we take to tackle rubbish in front gardens and how you can report a problem in a neighbour’s front garden.

Report rubbish in a neighbour's front garden

We will send your neighbour a notice telling them to clear the mess within 21 days. If they don’t, we can fine them.

If you have rubbish in your front garden

We will collect your bulky items, up to six items per booking. Note, there is now a £20 charge for our bulky waste collection service. Find out why we are charging for collections.

If our officers find any rubbish in your front garden and you don't have a valid bulky waste reference number, we will issue you a warning notice to remove the rubbish within seven days.

After 7 days

If you do not remove the rubbish within seven days, you will:
  • be issued with a community protection notice and given a further 14 days to remove your rubbish

After 21 days

If after 21 days you have not removed the rubbish, you will be served with a £100 fixed penalty notice and further notices until the rubbish is cleared.
If you do not pay the fixed penalty notices you could be prosecuted and fined up to £2,500.

Why rubbish in front gardens is a problem

Clean streets and tidy front gardens make our borough better. Our staff work hard to keep our roads and pavements free of litter, but no matter how clean our streets are, rubbish in front gardens ruins our local areas.
As well as looking ugly, gardens full of rubbish or unwanted items can attract rats, insects and other pests, and be a fire or health hazard.
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  • Enforcement and Safety

    020 8430 2000