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Keeping Camden clean

Thank you for your continued support for our Clean Camden campaign to crack down on littering, dog fouling and fly-tipping.

So far, you’ve used our online reporting form to tell us about over 100 instances of littering, dog fouling and fly-tipping.

Thank you to everyone who has contacted us. Using your information and evidence we’ve gathered from our own enforcement patrols since the campaign began in November 2013, we’ve achieved the following:

  • Handed out over 1507 fixed penalty notices of £80 each to people dropping cigarette butts and other litter. This includes issuing 394 fines between April 2015 and March 2016.
  • Successfully prosecuted 68 offenders at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court, with those convicted being fined up to £225 plus costs.
  • Issued 3,038 legal notices to businesses where we required them to comply with their waste responsibilities.
  • Fourteen businesses have been prosecuted for failing to produce a duty of care licence. There have been 53 prosecutions for littering and one business has been prosecuted for not presenting waste correctly.
  • Since September 2013 we have issued 6021 legal notices to businesses where we required them to comply with their waste responsibilities. This includes 1648 legal notices in 2015/16.
  • Reduced the number of black unmarked bags of waste being dumped across the borough from Hampstead Town to Bloomsbury.
  • Held events with police and community wardens to raise awareness about the tough approach we are taking to dog fouling.

Clean Camden February 2016

In February 2016 our officers were out in force again to help tackle residential fly-tipping and littering.

Over a two week period our environmental education and enforcement team took action in 191 cases of residential and business waste fly-tipping. The team focussed on the problems caused by fly-tipping, rubbish being left out outside collection times and days and dog fouling, with patrols taking place at 48 residential fly-tipping hotspots and 12 dog fouling hotspots.

As part of our ongoing efforts to tackle dog fouling we held a ‘Love your dog, love your neighbourhood’ event in Gospel Oak for dog owners to get free training, find out about Camden’s dog fouling laws and get their dogs microchipped for free.


Get involved

The money we’ve received from these activities is now being reinvested in community clean-ups, and we’re asking residents and community groups to get involved.

We have already organised a number of events across the borough, including litter picking, creating community gardens and tackling dog fouling, and we’re looking for volunteers to take part and organise events in other areas.

Look out for posters in your local area letting you know about a clean-up event where you live. If there isn’t one near you, why not organise one yourself?

Contact us to organise your own clean up event

If you’d like to help organise an event in your area, please contact us at cleancamden@camden.gov.uk.

We can provide litter pickers and gloves, as well as some innovative approaches to reducing dog fouling. We’ll also provide posters to publicise your event.

If you fancy drawing attention to the poop on the streets of the borough to embarrass pet owners who haven’t cleaned up, why not spray it fluorescent pink? Cans of pink chalk spray are available by emailing street.environment@camden.gov.uk

We are also continuing our work with schools through citizenship events, which teach young people to take responsibility for the cleanliness of their local area.

Our education and enforcement team will be on hand to take action against those responsible for environmental problems.

Download: Clean up guidance (PDF 85KB)

Download: Camden clean up kit application form (Word document)

Download: Capital Clean Up toolkit (PDF 8MB)

Reporting hotspots and offenders

Please let us know if you spot a place or person that is undermining our attempts to rid the borough of dog fouling, littering or flying tipping:

You don’t need to give your name, but please do give us as much information as possible including times of day, addresses, a description of the offender, nature of the offence or vehicle registrations.

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