We take a serious line with littering.
Under the Litter (Northern Ireland) Order 1994 (as amended), it is a criminal offence to drop litter or dump rubbish.
Anyone dropping may be fined a fixed penalty notice (up to £120, £80 if paid within the agreed timeframe) or a fine of up to £2,500 for more serious offences.
Please note: cigarette butts and chewing gum are considered litter.
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council were successful in securing Marine Litter Capital Grant funding to create the below educational video on littering.
Live Here Love Here Campaign
Adopt a Spot (provision of cleansing kit)
Connecting communities, one Spot at a time
Adopt A Spot is a community-based volunteer programme focused on minimising litter and promoting civic pride.
Families, community groups, youth groups, schools, businesses and sporting associations are all encouraged to help foster a healthier, greener and cleaner Northern Ireland by adopting and caring for a neglected area.
Your 'Spot' could be an overgrown alleyway, a mile of your favourite beach that is always full of litter, a local park that has seen better days, or even the street you live on.
If you can think of an area in need of a little TLC, why not adopt it?
For further information on adopting a local spot, visit the Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful website.
We work with a wide range of local litter-picking volunteers.
They range from individuals, small to medium-sized groups, right up to the very well-established:
Eco Rangers NI are a volunteer group founded by necessity in October 2020.
They wish to improve and promote the environment by clearing unsightly polluting litter throughout Mid and East Antrim and surrounding areas.
Promoting civic pride, they make their towns and district an example for others to follow.
Their basic aims can be seen in the rules section of their page.
If you would like to be an Eco Ranger volunteer please complete the Eco-Rangers' online form.
If you cannot complete the forms and need our assistance then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
County Antrim Countryside Custodians is an environmental awareness group.
They share environmental news along with hints and tips as to how to adopt a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
They also support local communities through school initiatives and recycling programmes and arrange eco-friendly events in order to demonstrate how our ideas can be put into practice.
They carry out litter picks within County Antrim often supporting local community groups in order to help preserve our beautiful countryside and tie in with other litter-picking events elsewhere creating a network of volunteers.
Their aim is to show how easy it is for anyone to make small changes in an affordable manner in order to adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle and also create family-friendly events to raise environmental awareness.
The group provides an opportunity for like-minded people to come together to create positive change whilst the litter picks also encourage both good physical and mental health and the chance to form new friendships.
Need help with your recycling?
We have a number of online and downloadable leaflets detailing what is collected in your kerbside collection and what waste streams you can bring to your local Household Recycling Centre.
Home Recycling Leaflet including links to multi-languages
Household Recycling Centre Leaflet