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

  • If you’re a Newham resident you can have your bulky waste collected two times a year for free - the year will run from April to March.
  • We’ll take up to six items per collection. 
  • After the second free collection the charge will be £20 and will be for up to six items. 

Please visit our bulky household waste collections page for more information.

Apply for a bulky waste collection

How we enforce rubbish removal  

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.